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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Politicians go blogging for votes
Michael Howard
Marcus Wood attacked the media "scrum" around Michael Howard
Web logs have become part of electioneering weaponry for candidates in the South West.

Web logs, or blogs, enable candidates to write a diary that everyone can read, recording their daily thoughts and actions for instant access.

Politicians say it allows them to get their message across fast and they can get instant feedback.

They also say it gives a glimpse into the real life of politicians and makes them more "human" to voters.

A lot of people think politicians are just power-crazed megalomaniacs
Marcus Wood
Conservative candidate Marcus Wood posted his thoughts on leader Michael Howard's visit to Torquay on Tuesday, attacking the media "scrum" trying to tackle Mr Howard.

He said: "If it becomes a party political rant it puts people off.

"Obviously I am a political person and my views come through, but often as not there are witty or amusing or stupid things that happen when you're knocking on hundreds of people's doors every day.

"I think it's quite interesting for people to understand what motivates us.

"A lot of people think politicians are just power-crazed megalomaniacs when we people like they are who have decided they want to do something to make life better."

Wells Labour candidate Dan Whittle says he uses a blog because he can get instant feedback on what he is doing.

"I put something about a campaign I have been running for about 12 months about improving the local bus network for pensioners and I got an email last night from a pensioner asking about our plans for pensioners over the next five years."

David Walter, a Liberal Democrat candidate in Devon, said: "The people who read it most avidly are probably our political opponents, trawling it to find anything they can use against us.

"To some extent we shall be preaching to the converted, but even that is not a bad thing because it is very important to keep your supporters informed of what you're doing."




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