Under the UK’s unfair and illogical First Past the Post system, it’s basically all about the marginal seats – those constituencies with Tory MPs who are at risk of losing. If you’d like to volunteer to help get the Tories out, your help will have most impact if you can go to one of the marginal constituencies on this list.
From The Independent: Dominic Raab, Theresa May’s new Brexit secretary, previously called for Britain to use negotiations with the EU to scrap workers’ rights.
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#AwfulTories: 20 OF THE WORST COMMENTS BY TORY MPs IN 20171) "Boris Johnson 'says Cabinet minister's salary of £141,000 is not enough to live on'", Independent, 1 Oct 2017 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-ministers-salary-not-enough-a7976641.html2) "Tory MP Michael Fabricant says drunk MPs should not be accused of rape or sexual assault", Evolve Politics, 1 Nov 2017 https://evolvepolitics.com/tory-mp-says-drunk-mps-not-accused-rape/3) "Tory MP says he hates social media because 'it gives a voice to people who don’t deserve one'", Evolve Politics, 30 June 2017 http://evolvepolitics.com/sneering-tory-mp-says-hates-social-media-gives-voice-people-dont-deserve-one/4) "Jacob Rees-Mogg says rise in food bank use is 'rather uplifting'", Independent, 14 Sep 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jacob-rees-mogg-uk-food-bank-uplifting-conservative-mp-leader-a7946096.html5) "Tory MP says a memorial to men who were executed for being gay is ‘totally inappropriate’", Evolve Politics, 20 Sept 2017 http://evolvepolitics.com/tory-mp-says-a-memorial-to-men-who-were-executed-for-being-gay-is-totally-inappropriate/6) "Tory MP who lost seat messages former constituent on Facebook to call him a 'thick chav'", Independent, 14 June 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/stewart-jackson-tory-mps-facebook-messages-abuse-thick-chav-constituent-a7790296.html7) "Dominic Raab angers audience by saying foodbank users merely have ‘cash flow problems’", Metro, 29 May 2017 http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/29/dominic-raab-angers-audience-by-saying-foodbank-users-merely-have-cash-flow-problems-66700208. "Michael Fallon: criticising Saudi Arabia 'not helpful' for UK arms sales", Guardian, 25 Oct 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/25/michael-fallon-urges-mps-prioritise-arms-sales-human-rights9) "PMQs: Theresa May says giving nurses a pay rise is spending money on 'this, that and the other'", Huffpost UK, 6 Sept 2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pmqs-theresa-may-nurses_uk_59afe25ae4b0354e440e183510) "Tory MP claims food banks are simply 'part of modern living'", Political Scrapbook, 18 Sept 2017 https://politicalscrapbook.net/2017/09/now-tory-mp-claims-foodbanks-are-simply-part-of-modern-living/11) "Boris Johnson apologises after discussing alcohol in Sikh temple", Guardian, 17 May 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/17/boris-johnson-apologises-after-discussing-alcohol-in-sikh-temple12) "Jacob Rees-Mogg tells BBC's Emma Barnett abortion after rape is 'a second wrong'", Huffpost UK, 25 Oct 2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jacob-rees-mogg-emma-barnett_uk_59f06e69e4b04917c5946b1613) "Philip Hammond: UK productivity rates low because more disabled people are in work", Huffpost UK, 6 Dec 2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/philip-hammond-uk-productivity-rates-low-because-more-disabled-people-are-in-work_uk_5a281714e4b044d16726b7bd14) "A Tory MP just said that only a miracle will stop children going hungry in Tory Britain", Evolve Politics, 2 Aug 2017 http://evolvepolitics.com/tory-mp-just-said-miracle-will-stop-children-going-hungry-tory-britain/15) "Blundering Boris Johnson infuriates Spanish after saying bid to ban bullfighting is wrong", Daily Mirror, 10 Nov 2017 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/blundering-boris-johnson-infuriates-spanish-1150313616) "Chancellor Philip Hammond calls nurses and cops 'overpaid' while raking in £10k a month renting property", Daily Mirror, 17 July 2017 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/chancellor-philip-hammond-calls-nurses-1081178517) "Conservative MP dismisses disabled woman who tells him 'tens of thousands of people are dying'", Independent, 29 May 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-disablility-dominic-raab-dying-conservative-fiona-victoria-derbyshire-a7761291.html18) "Tory MP walks out of hustings after sparking furious row about foodbank users smoking and owning '58 inch TVs'", Daily Mirror, 2 June 2017 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-mp-walks-out-hustings-1054666019) "Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple", Guardian, 30 Sept 2017 https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/30/boris-johnson-caught-on-camera-reciting-kipling-in-myanmar-temple20) "Morecambe MP stirs row after doubting poverty claims by local schools", Guardian, 15 Dec 2017 https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/15/morecambe-mp-stirs-row-after-doubting-poverty-claims-by-local-schools
Posted by Stop The Tories Channel on Friday, December 22, 2017
#StopTheTories Channel has deleted a post shared to the Facebook page from The London Economic, and a second post shared from indy100, on the topic of the recent ‘animal sentience’ amendment vote in the House of Commons.
This topic went extremely viral across social media, but Conservative politicians and fellow traveller journalists have been screaming “fake news” on it.
The main Independent website has since posted a careful clarification piece, in which they summarise the problem with the viral headlines as follows:
Many of the reports did miss a very specific but very important detail of what happened. Nobody voted that animals aren’t sentient, because that wasn’t ever up for a vote. Instead, they didn’t vote that they were. A number of stories gave a misleading impression by eliding that distinction.
The amendment that would have explicitly recognised animal sentience was tabled by Green MP Caroline Lucas. She says it is important because recognition of sentience is a principle upon which later laws can be decided. If the Lisbon Treaty text is not integrated into UK law, the current explicit recognition of animals as sentient beings will disappear.
After the vote, Dr Lucas said: “It’s only an obsession with refusing changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill that’s stopping Ministers adopting this amendment now.”
In other words, a fair report of what happened is that the Tories’ increasingly desperate attempts to manage their Brexit shitstorm in the Commons were considered more important at this point in time than protecting explicit legal recognition of animal sentience.
On 31 October the #StopTheTories Channel Facebook page shared a meme of unknown origin headlined “Tory economic competence – wage growth since 2010”, pairing the image with extracts of a Guardian report on TUC research from which the meme’s figures were taken.
Unfortunately, in verifying that the meme’s figures for wage growth in Poland, Germany, France and Britain were correct, Stop the Tories Channel failed to spot that the figures for each country actually related to the period since 2007, not since 2010 as stated in the meme.
This was naughty on the part of the meme’s unknown author, since it means that the last three years of the last Labour government were attributed to the current Tory government.
#StopTheTories Channel has therefore deleted the meme, with apologies.
There were 30,000 excess deaths in 2015, representing the largest increase in deaths in the post-war period, which included a large spike in January that year. Researchers exploring why concluded that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are likely to be the main cause.
#VotingToryKills #ToryAusterity: There were 30,000 excess deaths in 2015, representing the largest increase in deaths in…
From The Independent: The worry for Momentum and the Labour Party must be that with the resources the Conservatives have, they may soon be able to outdo them at their own game. Despite its massive reach and influence, Momentum has very few paid staff and mostly relies on the goodwill and enthusiasm of volunteers and activists.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED to the 162 donors who sponsored Stop the Tories 2017 paid Facebook advertising!
A total of £2,439 was raised. Here are final figures for the numbers of Facebook users reached with that money! (Including the #RegisterToVote campaign which closed on the voter registration deadline.)
In the immediate aftermath of the #GE17 result and the Tory Party’s efforts to cling to power by making a deal with the DUP, #StopTheTories Channel was deceived into sharing a fake Photoshopped photo on its Facebook page.
This photo showed a wall covered by graffiti from loyalist paramilitary group the UVF, in a typical Belfast sectarian manner. However, the graffiti appeared to include a large, painstaking painting of DUP leader Arlene Foster with a reverential caption.
This was a fake Photoshopped addition; #StopTheTories Channel has now been made aware of the original real photo. Therefore the photo has now been deleted from the #StopTheTories Channel Facebook page. Apologies.
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#DonateToWin: INDIE ANTI-TORY CROWDFUNDERS – RUNNING THE FACEBOOK ADS POLITICAL PARTIES CAN'TNot a party person? Want to do something to help beat the Tories?stopthetories.nationbuilder.com/donate Which VIRAL POST do you want hundreds more Facebook users in marginal seats to see in polling week?YOUR £3 SPONSORSHIP of your chosen post directly reaches the news feeds of 400-700 Facebook users, targeted to marginal seats. It bursts the "bubble", reaching people who DON'T usually see anti-Tory or social justice posts.Crowdfunder donation links:#VotingToryKillsDisabledPeople – https://stopthetories.nationbuilder.com/votingtorykills_sponsor#VotingToryStarvesChildren – https://www.youcaring.com/centralpublishingfundforstopthetories-811424#NotAllAboutCorbyn #ToriesOut – https://www.youcaring.com/stopthetories2017-837056#VoteHuman – https://stopthetories.nationbuilder.com/votehuman_sponsorFoxhunting #CruelTories – https://www.youcaring.com/stopthetories2017publishingfund-839569#SimonKirby #BrightonKemptown – https://www.youcaring.com/stopthetories2017publishingfund-825893OR see https://stopthetories.nationbuilder.com/donate for the full gallery.All donations can be spent within hours.AS FEATURED ON BBC NEWS: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-40094420Latest project update: https://stopthetories.nationbuilder.com/update_on_the_six_crowdfunded_paid_ad_campaigns
Posted by Stop The Tories Channel on Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Your £3 sponsorship of your chosen post directly reaches the news feeds of 400-700 Facebook users, targeted to marginal seats. It bursts the “bubble”, reaching people who DON’T usually see anti-Tory or social justice posts.
Crowdfunder donation links:
- #NotAllAboutCorbyn #ToriesOut
- Foxhunting #CruelTories
- #SimonKirby #BrightonKemptown
A Sunday night appeal on Facebook has brought in another £342… thank you very much to everyone!
Here are current summary stats for all six campaigns:
If you vote Conservative on Thursday, you are voting for foxes to be chased to exhaustion and killed by hounds, as sport for rich men
#CruelTories: 84% of the public believe foxhunting should not be made legal again.Scientific evidence shows that the…
84% of the public believe foxhunting should not be made legal again.
Scientific evidence shows that the animals targeted in hunting suffer physical and mental stress when chased by a hunt – whether or not they are eventually killed.
The Burns Report produced in the year 2000 stated that “There is a lack of firm scientific evidence about the effect on the welfare of a fox of being closely pursued, caught and killed above ground by hounds. We are satisfied, nevertheless, that this experience seriously compromises the welfare of the fox.” That is one of the reasons hunting with dogs for sport was banned in Britain over a decade ago.
This Facebook post has been seen by 65,000 people with an advertising budget of just £50. That budget has sponsored the ad onto over 9,000 news feeds, with the rest of the views coming “organically”.
The Conservative Party and their media friends are intent on exploiting public doubts about Jeremy Corbyn, to push the narrative that you “must” re-elect the Tories and Theresa May. Those who frame elections, win them. This Facebook post is an efficient way of challenging the dominant media narrative about #GE17, visually reminding people of just how awful Tory government actually is. The covering text of the Facebook post includes a summary of a salient news article about each of the issues pictured in the meme, with a link for further reading.
Just £200 spent on Facebook paid advertising on this post, showcasing disability activist Fiona Robertson‘s brave and brilliant writing on the impact of #GE17 on disabled people, has reached the news feeds of over 110,000 Facebook users with over 3,800 interactions including 950 shares. Direct paid reach with the £200 has been about 35,000 – meaning that shares of the post have tripled its reach.
The sponsored post is now on its second version (above), optimised in the kind of highly visual format that most typically goes viral on Facebook – bringing even better results than directly sponsoring Fiona’s original blog post.
Update #2 on Simon Kirby crowdfunded meme: direct sponsored reach to 31,000 Brighton/Peacehaven residents; total UK reach 449,000
Our local crowdfunder for Brighton Kemptown, highlighting the record and the vulnerability of Tory MP Simon Kirby, has now raised £194. This sum has been used to direct sponsor the above post onto the Facebook news feeds of nearly 31,000 people in Brighton, Rottingdean and Peacehaven – more than 20% of all Facebook users in the target area.
#StopTheTories Channel shared to its Facebook page an article published by The Canary on 24 May 2017, claiming that in the aftermath of the MEN Arena bombing in Manchester, The Sun newspaper ran the front-page headline “Blood On His Hands” about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed historical connections with the IRA – with the intention of making a politicised link between this and the bombing.
In fact, the edition of The Sun with this front page went to press at 10pm on 22 May – half an hour before the bombing. Soon afterwards, a second edition of that day’s Sun newspaper went to press with “Terror at Teen Concert” replacing the Corbyn story.
#StopTheTories Channel has deleted the incorrect Canary article from its Facebook page, with apologies.
Closing update on #RegisterToVote campaign: £371 raised; crowdfunded ads directly reaches 84,000 news feeds targeted to marginal seats, among total reach of of 284,000
Thank you very much to all of the 45 donors who contributed a total of £371 to our crowdfunder, directly sponsoring our #RegisterToVote post on to the Facebook news feeds of 84,000 young people aged 18-25, targeted to marginal seats. Net of PayPal transaction fees on donations, the total crowdfunded advertising budget was £350.61 generating the following results:
#RegisterToVote crowdfunder raises £342 and reaches 70000 young people’s news feeds… Last push before Monday’s deadline!
The crowdfunded paid Facebook ad to young people, urging them to register to vote against the Tories, has now been directly sponsored onto the news feeds of more than 70,000 young people.