Just a reminder to everyone to get out and vote today. even if you don’t agree with any of the parties, go to the polling station and spoil your ballot paper. Send a message. Or make a protest vote for another party.
And remember there’s a difference between a tactical vote and a protest vote. A tactical vote is where you vote for a party you may not agree entirely with, because they have a chance of beating the party you totally disagree with.
Sadly in Banbury there is no tactical vote, It’s very unlikely that the 100 year long Conservative majority can be overturned by any of the opposition parties.
So vote for what you believe in and for the party that has always represented your views. If you’re a Labour supporter, vote Labour. A Green, vote Green. Libdem, vote Libdem. UKIP (are their really any left) vote UKIP.
I hope that if you’ve been a Green supporter in the past you’ll vote for me and help send the Green message to Parliament. Switching to Labour might seem like a good idea this time, after all the Labour manifesto is full of Green policies from our 2015 manifesto (much to the delight of the Green Party), but abandoning your true allegiance now won’t make any difference to Labour’s chances of winning, but will reduce the Green Party’s standing in future elections.
Unless you’re a Tory, switching parties now isn’t going to make a difference to the final result. But any non-Tory vote will at least reduce that majority and send a message to The Conservatives that they can’t take this constituency for granted.
But whatever you do don’t ignore this vote. It’s probably the most important one you’ll ever cast.