Saturday, 9 May 2015

Labour set to retain control of Lancaster City Council


Lancaster City Council remains under No Overall Control after the ballot on Thursday.

The results of the local elections were perhaps a little overshadowed by the General Election, which saw Labour's Cat Smith take Lancaster and Fleetwood.

The Tories retained Morecambe and Lunesdale with an increased majority for incumbent David Morris.

Labour won 29 seats, the Conservatives 19, the Green Party nine. Two Morecambe Bay Independents and one Free Independent were also elected, which suggests Labour will again run a minority administration or enter a coalition.

Despite seeing an increase in their vote the Greens failed to secure new council seats in Skerton East, where the party campaigned hard for a breakthrough after a good showing in previous local elections.

UKIP candidates achieved strong votes where they stood, but not enough to gain a seat, at the expense in particular of the Morecambe Bay Independents.

As in the national elections, for the most part the Liberal Democrat vote seems much reduced in the area.

The results are as follows:

Bare 

Tony Anderson Morecambe Bay Independents 932
ELECTED: June Ashworth Morecambe Bay Independents 1,098
Shirley Burns Morecambe Bay Independents 1,021
ELECTED: Brett Cooper Conservative 1,288
ELECTED: Charles Edwards Conservative 1,169
Michael Gradwell Liberal Democrats 372
Dilys Greenhalgh Labour 794
Richard Martin Labour 782
Richard Moriarty Green 384
Mark Nelson UKIP 603
Julia Norman Green 298
Valerie Rogerson Labour 734

Bolton and Slyne

Harry Armistead Liberal Democrats 419
Thomas Birnie Green 471
William Birnie Green 473
John Bouskill Labour 820
Keith Budden Independent 1,328
Sharron Hood Labour 652
Susan Lomax (no party listed) 391
Molly Roberts Labour 583
ELECTED: Sylvia Rogerson Conservative 2,019 ELECTED
ELECTED: James Thomas Conservative 1,806 
ELECTED: John Wild Conservative 1,795 

Bulk

Matthew Atkins UKIP 364
William Brooks Conservative 375
Howard Dodgson Conservative 423
ELECTED: Tim Hamilton-Cox Green 1,426
ELECTED: Caroline Jackson Green 1,419 
Cathy Jamieson Labour 1,236
ELECTED: Andrew Kay Green 1,272
Peter Rivet Labour 994
Nickey Russell Conservative 344
Miles Taylor Labour 1,075

Carnforth and Millhead

Kevin Frea Green 495
Paul Gardner Labour 1,027
ELECTED: Mel Guilding Conservative 1,238
Fran Hanna Labour 921
ELECTED: Christopher Leadbetter Conservative 1,184
Bob Roe Labour 981
ELECTED: Peter Yates Conservative 1,405

Castle

ELECTED: Dave Brookes Green 1,229
Chris Brown Conservative 403
Ryan Cushley-Spendiff Conservative 336
Anthony Mark Cutter Independent 249
Eugene Doherty Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 89
Michael Mumford Liberal Democrats 142
Tom Sweeney Labour 682
ELECTED: Nick Wilkinson Green 959 
Peter Wilson Labour 631

Ellel

Nicholas Beddoe Green 422
ELECTED: Susie Charles Conservative 1,305
ELECTED: Helen Helme Conservative 1,433
David Hill Labour 579
Andrew Lee Green 311
Ben Whittingham Labour 564

Halton-with-Aughton

Bob Bauld Green 423
Catarina Finnerty Labour 142
Daniel Gibbins Conservative 364
ELECTED: Paul Woodruff 577

Harbour

ELECTED: Darren Clifford Labour 1,130
Joanne Corless Green 359
Jason Firth Morecambe Bay Independents 439
ELECTED: Janice Hanson Labour 1,263 
Pat Hibbins Conservative 722
Terry Ingle Morecambe Bay Independents 394
Steven Ogden UKIP 840
ELECTED: David Whitaker Labour 1,063 

Heysham Central

ELECTED: Carla Brayshaw Labour 761
David Brayshaw Labour 760
ELECTED: Geoff Knight Morecambe Bay Independents 779
Elliot Layfield Conservative 724
Cary Matthews Morecambe Bay Independent 662

Heysham North

James Fletcher Morecambe Bay Independents 262
ELECTED: Margaret Pattison Labour 795 
Dave Porter UKIP 470
ELECTED: Ronald Sands Labour 705
Hayley Schofield Morecambe Bay Independents 245
Adam Towers Conservative 491
Ulrike Zeshan Green 162

Heysham South

ELECTED: Stuart Bateson Conservative 1,390
ELECTED: Alan Biddulph Labour 952
Ian Clift Labour 729
Mike Greenall Morecambe Bay Independents 740
ELECTED: Colin Hartley Labour 871
Mark Knight UKIP 673
Richard Rollins Conservative 854

John O’Gaunt

ELECTED: Mary Blamire Labour 1,605
Ali Dodgson Conservative 960
Phil Dunster Liberal Democrats 397
Heather Hilton Green 842
Mick Jackson Conservative 800
ELECTED: Richard Newman-Thompson Labour 1,300
ELECTED: Elizabeth Scott Labour 1,466 
Chris Watkins Green 950
Rebecca Whittle Green 706
Luke Worrall Conservative 792

Kellet

ELECTED: John Mace Conservative 982 
Jean Taylor Labour 216
Mark Westcombe Green 139

Lower Lune Valley

Ryan Bartle Labour 391
Marco Ciciriello Liberal Democrats 221
Tamsin Hartley Labour 517
ELECTED: Joan Jackson Conservative 1,375
Jan Maskell Green 247
ELECTED: Jane Parkinson Conservative 1,270 
Joyce Pritchard Liberal Democrats 718
Mike Wright Green 300

Marsh

ELECTED: Jon Barry Green 1,323
Andrew Gierke Labour 630
Michael Loat 254
ELECTED: Rebecca Novell Green 941
Valerie Pearson Labour 599
Gus Rankin Conservative 334
Holly Sheppard Conservative 313
Mark Warburton Liberal Democrats 112

Overton

ELECTED: Andrew Gardiner Conservative 488
Matt Hood Labour 265
Keith Sowden Independent 329
Pamela White Green 58

Poulton

Graham Agnew Conservative 398
Vicky Boyd-Power Morecambe Bay Independents 285
Godfrey Danson UKIP 426
Tricia Heath Morecambe Bay Independents 431
ELECTED: Brendan Hughes Labour 656 
Clare Long-Summers Green 189
ELECTED: Terrie Metcalfe Labour 594
Becky Stevens Green 150

Scotforth East

Daniel Aldred Conservative 820
Kyran Darnton Liberal Democrats 248
Frank Ledwith Green 326
ELECTED: James Leyshon Labour 835 
Robin Long Liberal Democrats 355
Gisela Renolds Green 289
ELECTED: Patricia Whitehead Labour 937 
Helen Wilson Conservative 670

Scotforth West

ELECTED: Sheila Denwood Labour 1,639
ELECTED: Ronnie Kershaw Labour 1,127
Rebecca Long Liberal Democrats 341
Steve Metcalfe Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 117
ELECTED: Abi Mills Green 1,579 
Chris Norman Green 1,091
Val Outram Conservative 912
Paul Stubbins Green 1,081
Janet Walton Conservative 794
Kevan Walton Conservative 776
John Whitehead Labour 993

Silverdale

Rex Ambler Green 142
Sarah Fishwick:no party listed 358
ELECTED: Nigel Goodrich Conservative 400 
June Greenwell Liberal Democrats 327
Brenda Rockall Labour 109

Skerton East

ELECTED: Abbott Bryning Labour 1,214 
David Fleet Green 550
Jennifer George Conservative 848
ELECTED: Janet Hall Labour 1,202
Jean O’Neill Green 514
ELECTED: Robert Redfern Labour 1,237 
Stephen Riley Green 455
Steven Swarbrick: no party listed 232

Skerton West

ELECTED: Rob Devey Labour 1,331
John Harrison Independent 295
Harry Kaloudis Green 360
ELECTED: Karen Leytham Labour 1,481 
Geoff Marsden Conservative 1,037
Michael Riley Green 380
Niall Semple UKIP 816
ELECTED: Roger Sherlock Labour 1,241 

Torrisholme

Thomas Barney Liberal Democrats 192
Daren Chandisingh Green 176
Roger Dennison Morecambe Bay Independents 610
Robert Gillespie UKIP 504
Geoff Marsland Morecambe Bay Independents 554
John Reynolds Labour 585
ELECTED: Andrew Warriner Labour 666 
ELECTED: Philippa Williamson Conservative 901 

University and Scotforth Rural

ELECTED: Sam Armstrong Green 555
Dan Astley Conservative 405
ELECTED: Lucy Atkinson Labour 605 
Lee Dickson Conswestgateervative 391
Ice Dong Conservative 339
Jack Filmore Green 417
Jo Gadsden Green 440
Pippa Hepworth Liberal Democrats 143
Jamie Lawson Liberal Democrats 79
ELECTED: Matt Mann Labour 500 
Oliver Mountjoy Liberal Democrats 66
Clare Robinson Labour 480

Upper Lune Valley

Jack Hoad Labour 221
Catriona Stamp Green 187
ELECTED: Peter Williamson Conservative 1,103 

Warton

Janette Gardner Labour 266
Stuart Langhorn Independent 248
ELECTED: Susan Sykes Conservative 529 
Sue Tyldesley Green 178

Westgate

ELECTED: Tracy Brown Labour 1,279 
ELECTED: Claire Cozler Labour 1,115 
Michelle Ogden UKIP 970
ELECTED: David Smith Labour 1,261 
Barry Vickers Morecambe Bay Independents 696
Joseph Wilson Conservative 985



Friday, 8 May 2015

Labour's Cat Smith takes Lancaster & Fleetwood seat

Cat Smith


Labour's Cat Smith has snatched the Lancaster & Fleetwood seat away from previous incumbent Eric Ollerenshaw (Conservative) with a margin of 1,265 votes.

The vote for Lancaster and Fleetwood was as follows: Cat Smith (Lab) 17,643, Eric Ollerenshaw (Tory) 16,378, Matthew Aktins (UKIP) 4,060, Chris Coates (Green) 2,093. Robin Long (Lib Dem) 1,390, Harold Elletson 174.

The Labour, Conservative and Green candidates all polled more votes than their respective party candidates had in 2010. However the Lib Dem vote collapsed from a 2010 total of 8,167.

Eric Ollerenshaw's principle achievement, while in office, was to write a very great quantity of letters to his constituents, on House of Commons notepaper, explaining why they were wrong and he was right.

Tories hold Morecambe

David Morris
David 'empty chair' Morris, Conservative, was re-elected as Morecambe and Lunesdale MP, with a hefty majority of 4,590.   Morris reckons his proudest achievement to date has been the procurement of a new link road to serve the Peel Group Port at Heysham.

The Morecambe & Lunesdale vote was: David Morris (Tory) 19,691, Amina Lone (Lab) 15,101, Steve Ogden (UKIP) 5,358, Matthew Severn (Lib Dem) 1,612, Phil Chandler (Green) 1,395, Michael Dawson (Northern) 85.

Morris' majority quintupled from just 866 in 2010 ( then against local incumbent  Geraldine Smith, Labour).

Following the national trend, the Lib Dem vote collapsed from a 2010 total of 5,791. The greatest gain went to Steve Ogden of UKIP, In 2010 UKIP polled 1,843.

• The City Council election votes are being counted today.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Torrisholme Road weekend closure for bridge installation: 15th - 18th May

Drivers using Torrisholme Road (B5321) near the new M6 Link Road construction site are being advised of a weekend closure to facilitate the installation of bridge sections over Torrisholme Road. 

Following liaison with the county council's highways team, Stagecoach, and the Police, engineers will close the road between Russell Drive and Endsleigh Grove; this will also mean there will be no access onto Barley Cop Lane which leads to the Crematorium and cricket clubs.

 From 10.00pm on Friday 15th May to 6.00am Monday 18th May, Torrisholme Road between Russell Drive and Endsleigh Grove will be fully closed to traffic.

(Pedestrian access along Torrisholme Road and Barley Cop Lane will be available throughout the weekend closure, on signposted walkways).

Although diversion signs will be erected, its important drivers familiarise themselves with alternative routes, and plan their journeys ahead.

Access to the Crematorium and cricket clubs will be from the A6 end of Barley Cop Lane, due to the Torrisholme Road end being closed off.

Costain’s Project Director, Andrew Langley said “We’ve scheduled this work to be carried out over a weekend to reduce the impact on local traffic as much as possible. This closure of Torrisholme Road was always expected for the bridge beam lifts as part of the construction”.

 Engineers will work around the clock from 10.00pm on Friday 15th May to ensure the work is complete in time for the closure to be removed on Monday morning.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Local Cinema Round-Up for 6th to 14th May 2015

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

Four new releases make it to Lancaster film screens during this period. We have action and adventure in Mad Max: Fury Road (15) and the cinematic debut of a TV series with Spooks: The Greater Good (15). In addition there is fantasy romance with The Age of Adaline(12A) and finally the comedy drama While We're Young (15).

To make room for new releases there must be losses and four films have come to the end of their screening. These are Child 44; John Wicks; Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and The DUFF. In addition the family films Big Hero 6 and The Hero of Colour City look like they will soon vanish from the screens.

A number of films have returned this week for a second showing. These include the period romance A little Chaos; a sports drama Foxcatcher and the family films Into the Woods and Penguins of Madagascar.

Looking into the near future, films scheduled for screening later in May include Friday Download Presents: Up all Night; Perfect Pitch 2 and the comedy Spy.

For culture this week we have Opera with La Fille Mal Gardee and theatre with George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman.

Reviews

A Little Chaos
Director: Alan Rickman
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Helen McCrory
The film is set in Paris in 1862. King Louis XIV (Rickman) wishes to build a marvelous garden at the Palace of Versailles and so hires the famous landscape artist Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to undertake the work. Le Notre advertises for an assistant and hires Sabine de Barra (Winslet), a talented and attractive woman with modern ideas on gardening. Sabine has something of a past (told in flashback) and must overcome the obstacles of her class and sex to function within the court. The film is a period romance with the sexual chemistry building between Sabine and Andre, while being opposed by Andre's scheming wife Francoise (McCrory). The performances are excellent and the film a delight of stunning gardens and costumes. An entertaining if somewhat unchallenging film.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Paul Bettany
This is the eleventh film in the franchise and the movie starts where 'The Avengers' finished. Following a raid on a Hydra outpost, Stark (Downey) and Banner (Ruffalo) complete Stark's defense program to protect the earth using an artificial intelligence. However the latter, Ultron (Spader) strives for human destruction. Ultron attacks the avengers and develops a plan to end humanity. Following the battle the avengers start to fight among themselves. However Stark creates a new being, Vision (Bettany) who aids the avengers in their final confrontation with Ultron. This is a very fast acting movie, louder and bigger than its predecessors with complicated plot and titanic special effects. The movie has received good reviews and will delight anyone who enjoyed previous Avenger movies.

Cinderella
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Certificate: U
Cast includes: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Madden
Disney's re-telling of the story of Cinderella. Cinderella (James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother Lady Tremaine (Blanchett) following the death of her father. The film sticks very close to Disney's 1950 animated musical. Cinderella is rather 'sickly sweet' but this is offset by the malevolence of the character of Lady Tremaine. The movie has some comedy action and a good selection of special effects. There is nothing in here to offend and the movie will be loved by all.

Fast and Furious 7
Director: James Wan
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham
Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O'Connor (Walker) and the rest of their associates return to the USA where they hope to find peace. However Deckard Shaw (Statham) is the latest villain after Don and the team as he seeks revenge for the death of his brother. The film is thus a sequel to the 2013 Fast and Furious 6 and it involves even more car chases and madcap action. The film suffered from the death of the actor Paul Walker during filming but this does not detract from the frenzied action. A worthy successor to this popular franchise.

Foxcatcher
Director: Bennett Miller
Certificate: 15
Cast Includes: Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum.
A sports movie (Wrestling) based on a true story. Mark Schultz (Tatum) is a wrestler who won a gold at the 1984 Olympics. However he lives rather under the shadow of his more charismatic brother Dave (Ruffalo), who is also a wrestler and his coach. Meanwhile, the millionaire John du Pont (Carell), heir to the Du Pont chemical corporation, bankrolls the American National wrestling team. He offers to train them at Foxcatcher farm, the home of the Du Pont family, ready for the 1988 Olympic games to be held at Seoul. John DuPont has his own demons, feeling inadequate and trying to impress his mother (Redgrave). Mark Schultz, at first pleased to be invited to train at Foxcatcher, becomes increasingly disillusioned as does his brother as they are manipulated by du Pont. The alienation between the three men builds to a horrifying climax that makes for a really gripping movie.

Into the Woods
Director: Rob Marshall
Certificate: PG
Cast Includes: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James Corden, Anna Kendrick
This is a Walt Disney adaptation of Sondheim's 1987 hit musical of the same name. The film posits that the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel are all happening simultaneously. Meanwhile a Baker and his wife wish to begin a family, but they cannot due to a witches curse. To lift the curse they must collect items from each of the fairy tales. This is a star studded musical with excellent performances, especially from Meryl Streep who plays the wicked witch. The original stage musical had a number of adult themes which are softened for the Disney version, but the end result is a great and entertaining family movie.

Spooks: The Greater Good
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Certificate: 15
Cast Includes: Jennifer Ehle, Laura Pulver, Kit Harington, Tuppence Middleton, Peter Firth, Elyes Gabel
A terrorist, Adam Qasim (Gabel), escapes from MI5 custody. Harry Pearce (Firth), head of counter terrorism, is blamed and Harry subsequently vanishes. Agent Will Halloway (Harington) is brought back into MI5 to investigate. He succeeds in finding Harry and the two of them work to uncover a traitor who deliberately freed the terrorist and who is plotting to destroy MI5. The film is set in London and marks the cinema debut of the TV series that was first broadcast in 2002. The movie captures the spirit of the series and references events in the final episode. The plot is unpredictable with plenty of twists and turns and the film has its fair share of action. This is a tense, fast paced offering that will delight anyone who enjoyed the TV show. However it may not quite have enough presence to win over an international audience.

The Age of Adaline
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford
Adaline Bowman (Lively) is almost eighty years old. However she has kept her youth as, following a freak accident, she stopped ageing when she was 28. She hides the secret of her age by leading a solitary existence, and making a new identify every decade. However after a chance encounter with a philanthropist Ellis Jones (Huisman) she falls in love with him. She meets his family, but is recognised by his father William (Ford) who knew her in the past. The plot of this movie is a little contrived, but if you can forgive that it is a well crafted and well acted fantasy love story.

Unfriended
Director: Levan Gabriadze
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Jacob Wysocki, Shelly Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman
This was initially released under the title Cybernatural. The movie is based in California, though the set of the film is the screen of the computer of Blaire Lily (Hennig). Blaire's friend Laura Barns (Sossaman) committed suicide a year earlier after a video was released on the Internet which shamed her. Now Blair and her set of friends find themselves being stalked on Skype and other social media by an unknown figure who starts to reveal the dark secrets of the group of friends. This is a teen horror movie that will appeal to a generation whose social life revolves around social media. The film has its share of frights and setting the movie on a computer screen is breaking new ground for the horror genre.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Get a free taste of fitness at Salt Ayre Sports Centre


On Monday 11th May, Salt Ayre Sports Centre, will be throwing open its doors for the day for everyone to enjoy a whole host of free activities and taster sessions as part of a Health and Wellbeing Open Day.  

From 12 noon until 7.00pm, visitors can choose from a variety of fitness classes including gentle circuits, Aqua Fit, Zumba, kettle bells and more.

In addition to fitness classes, visitors can also have a splash in the pool during public swimming sessions, and have a go in the centre’s health and fitness suite. There will also be a free health quiz and health related information stands offering advice and guidance. 

All event attendees will be entered into a free prize draw, with the chance to win a mountain bike amongst other fantastic prizes.

• For more information on what you will be able to see and do at Lancaster City Council’s Salt Ayre Health and Wellbeing Open Day visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/salt-ayre-events or call the centre on 01524 847540.

Grow Your Own at Dorrington Road!

Photo: Dorrington Road Allotments Association

The waiting list at Dorrington Road allotments - situated in Scotforth - is open if anyone would like to join it for a chance of growing their own.

The last year has seen a number of new plot-holders join the Association which has managed to successfully develop a large number of under-used plots and has also seen a welcome increase in general cultivation and use of the site. 


The focus for the Association planned by the committee over the next year, having improved the site (including its security), remain building for a long term and stable future to meet the conditions of their Council Lease and Service Level Agreement and most importantly, to secure the site for future years. 

• The Dorrington Road Allotments are located in Scotforth area of Lancaster, the entrance being at the south end of Dorrington Road (as viewed on this Streetmap). For more informaton visit the Assocation's web site - http://dorringtonroadallotments.btck.co.uk - or  on follow them on Facebook.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Post Office investigates suspected Morecambe election mail tampering

One of the leaflets found in Newlands area of Lancaster

The Royal Mail is investigating a complaint that some leaflets sent to them from the national Green Party election campaign office, to be delivered by Freepost in the Morecambe & Lunesdale Constituency on behalf of Green Party candidate Phil Chandler, have been found dumped in the Newlands area of Lancaster.

It also appears that some areas of the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency have not received delivery of the leaflets entrusted to the Royal Mail last Tuesday. In the interests of a fair and free election, the local Green Party would like your help in mapping the delivery coverage (see final para).

Validly nominated parliamentary candidates are entitled under election rules to free postage for one election communication via the Royal Mail to electors in their constituency. Depending on the circumstances, tampering and interfering with the freepost electoral leaflet may be an offence and so the issue has been logged with the police while the scale and cause is investigated.

Angry resident's complaint about 'rubbish' sparks investigation
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Morecambe & Lunesdale Phil Chandler was very concerned when a resident of Newlands in Lancaster, Ian Robert Bowman, contacted him last Saturday via a post to his facebook page to complain that "Upon returning to our home (Winchester Ave), leaflets from your party are all over our drive,next doors drive and the road leading up to little fell lane." 

Mr Bowman probably had time to think about his complaint whilst he was clearing up a lot of messy, rain-soaked leaflets (which was considerate of him) and he went on, in his facebook post, to express his opinion about this mess very clearly.  It's safe to say he really wasn't happy with the Green Party about it. It wasn't very 'green' to say the least. And candidate Phil Chandler completely agreed and went straight to investigate.

What was particularly strange, was that Newlands in Lancaster is nowhere near the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency where Phil Chandler is standing for election.

Leaflet from party central was only handled by the Royal Mail
On investigating the incident, the Greens discovered that the leaflets Mr Bowman had complained of were part of a particular print run that had been sent from the national Green Party election campaign to the Royal Mail last Tuesday for Freepost distribution in the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency. These were A4 size, folded to A5. As you can see, highlighted in the image above, the words 'ELECTION COMMUNICATION' are clearly printed at the bottom.

The local Green Party have confirmed that the leaflet in question "was only ever given to the Post Office; we have a different one that we deliver by hand, quite distinguishable, so no-one here would ever have had access to them."

Denial of democratic opportunity?
Green Party candidate Phil Chandler said,
"As a political party without the vast funding that other parties have, the freepost leaflet is an important democratic opportunity to put across to every household that we are standing in the elections and that we offer an exciting alternative vision for this beautiful and environmentally important part of the country.  It is extremely disappointing to find even this opportunity may have been denied to us."

Royal Mail investigates
Virtual Lancaster contacted Royal Mail spokesperson, Morag Turnbull, who told us:
"We are concerned to hear that a number of election leaflets from the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Morecambe & Lunesdale have been found in Lancaster. We take very seriously any complaint of this nature and are proud to deliver leaflets for all parliamentary candidates. 

"Royal Mail is investigating this as a matter of urgency and will be contacting the candidate directly to discuss the matter further. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Can you help map the freepost delivery?
The local Green Party are trying to map which streets of the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency have received their election leaflet via the Royal Mail and which haven't yet. If you live in the constituency they'd be grateful if you would tell them whether or not you received a leaflet like the one pictured above (but in better condition, hopefully :-) via their facebook page  'Phil Chandler - Green Party Candidate for Morecambe & Lunesdale' or by emailing  campaign@morecambelunesdalegreens.org.uk. Don't forget to include the name of your street!