It looks as if campaigners in the Barnhill by-election are going to have one sunny day before polling takes place on Thursday and I will be out and about all day today.
A certain camaraderie developed yesterday when I encountered Labour canvassers on Chalkhill with us all dressed as if for an ascent of a rain and windswept Welsh mountain. Soggy leaflets are even worse when printed with environmentally friendly vegetable based ink on recycled paper!
Although I have seen their leaflets I have still not encountered one Conservative canvasser which makes them rarer than a Boris bus.
As always when canvassing in Brent I am struck by the tremendous variation within one ward. However there are surprises such as the resident in a mock-Tudor villa at the top of Barn Hill who spoke out in favour of squatting as a way of protecting some of the empty properties in the area from deterioration.
On the Chalkhill Estate I encountered some real militancy against the Tories based on national issues and there was often a residual reflexive support for Labour until we got into a discussion about the Labour council's record.
Contrasting images of Barnhill ward
|Sunday morning waiting for ASDA to open|
|Mock Tudor on Barn Hill Estate|
|Fly-tipping on Chalkhill Estate|
|Bluebells on Barn Hill|
|The site of the proposed Chalkhill Park|