Based on the Electoral Calculus website, the numbers look like this:
Basildon and Billericay
MP John Baron (CON)
|2005 Votes||2005 Share||Prediction|
|CON Majority||3,587||9.19%||Pred Maj||9.18%|
Allan is a current councillor on Basildon District Council who currently represents Fryerns, having done the chicken run from Laindon Park in May, leaving is replacement to get royally thumped by the Conservative candidate. He's actually quite a decent bloke, quite Old Labour, though a young man, and not one of these sad individuals that you occasionally find in all political parties who acts as if members of opposing parties are servants of Satan. However, if I had to pick between the two of them to have next to me in a foxhole, or a in meeting room for that matter, then it's John Baron every time. The good thing about Allan being the PPC though is that we should have a decent debate on the issues that matter to the people of Basildon and Billericay, not the unpleasant personalities that have emanated from some previous Labour candidates in our neck of the woods. It should make Basildon Council politics a little more interesting too.