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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 April, 2005, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Sedgefield's take on Reg Keys
Reg Keys
Reg Keys has spoken out against the Iraq war
Villages and towns across Tony Blair's constituency have received a visit from the father of a military policeman killed in Iraq hoping to unseat him.

Reg Keys, 52, from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, is one of 14 candidates standing against the prime minister.

They all hope to make a substantial dent in, if not overturn, Mr Blair's 17,713 majority.

In the village of Heighington, near Darlington, Mr Keys' campaign seemed to be going down well with voters.

Parked by the village green amid the old stone church, cottages and village, his bright red battle bus displays the message that he can be trusted to "tell the truth".

Resident Andy Bateson told BBC Radio Wales: "He seems a decent enough chap.

[Tony Blair] doesn't seem really to do much for the north-east any more
Sedgefield resident

"He seems honest, which in politicians you don't really get very often. I would consider voting for him, just for better ideas, fresher ideas."

Over in Trimdon, where Mr Blair has his constituency home, the Labour party's constituency office was hard at work pushing a simple message, one printed on their leaflets: "Re-elect Tony Blair".

One passer-by had a welcome message for the prime minister.

"[He's] good, brilliant, I wouldn't vote for anybody else," he declared.

But a fellow resident was not so sure.

She said: "He doesn't seem really to do much for the north-east any more. Obviously he's London-based anyway but I can't see that he's doing much for the people up here."

Several candidates in the constituency are making the Iraq war a central part of their campaign.

Shoppers in the market at Ferryhill, though had a mixed reaction over whether the war was still a voting issue.

One told BBC Wales: "It's important, yes. It could sway us one way or the other."

But another said: "The Iraq war's gone now, hasn't it? It's just a thing you forget about."

Other candidates in Sedgefield: Berony Abraham, Independent; John Barker, Independent; Cherri Blairout-Gilham, Pensioner's Party; Julian Brennan, Independent; William Brown, UKIP; Robert Browne, Lib Dem; Jonathan Cockburn, Blair Must Go; Mark Farrell, National Front; Helen John, Independent; Al Lockwood, Conservative; Fiona Luckhurst-Matthews, Veritas; Terry Pattinson, Senior Citizens Party; Boney Maroney Staniforth, Monster Raving Loony Party.



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