Just in case some people in Hackney haven't read the Telegraph's City Diary column today. Apparently the Lib Dem candidate for Hackney South has an odd car. The Telegraph website refers to a photo of this car which I couldn't see.
The Telegraph writer said: "I can't imagine the car will endear him to the good people of Hackney, but what do I know? If there are enough estates agents living in the borough it might just work."
With a picture being 'worth a thousand words' and the Telegraph story coming in at 80, it's hard to know how seriously to take Dave Raval's car problem.
On his website Dave says: "The Lib Dems are in second place. But most people in Hackney don't vote. If more did Labour could easily be beaten."
However, according to the Guardian (found via theyworkforyou.com) Meg Hillier's seat has been Labour since 1974 (and was Labour from 1950 as Shoreditch and Finsbury in 1966 Sir Oswald Mosely was one of the candidates).
In the past, the more people who have voted in the constituency, the larger the Labour majority. In the last General Election (2005) Labour voters were upset by the Iraq war but Labour still won reasonably comfortably.
However, both previous Labour MPs of Hackney South and Shoreditch, Brian Sedgemore and Ronald Brown, defected to the Lib Dems while still holding the seat.
Other interesting info on Dave's site includes: "The Liberal Democrats recently surveyed 8,000 people in Hackney and 62% of the respondents said that our council wasn’t doing enough for the environment." What else did 8000 people in Hackney say?
Last year Dave moved to Amhurst Road from Walthamstow in an effort to get to know the borough. He points out that neither Meg Hillier or Diane Abbott live in the borough (Which is wrong - as per comment below, Diane has lived in Hackney for 22 year. I didn't know that either)
Link to recent Dave Raval Hackney event - http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2010/01/hackney-residents-meet-to-help-save-the-planet/