Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Age of the Blog

Ditton Conservatives are embracing internet "Blogging" to improve communication with local residents.

Britain's top political "blogger", Iain Dale, (pictured above with local councillors and candidates), visited Chatham & Aylesford on Friday 26th January to help launch the Conservatives new interactive on-line diary, aimed at improving communication between politicians and the communities they serve.

Ditton Conservatives will be using their blog-site to keep residents informed about local issues and campaigns to improve services and facilities.

The Blog will also contain "fast links" to enable readers to contact their local councillors and service providers, such as Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Kent County Council.

Iain Dale is the former owner of "Politicos" bookstore in Westminster. He is now a TV presenter and also writes Iain Dale's Diary (an on-line diary that attracts 300,000 readers every month).

Speaking at a meeting in Chatham, Iain said,

"Increasingly, people are turning away from newspapers and traditional media. The internet is a growing influence on how people obtain their news and information. Ditton Conservatives deserve to be congratulated for having the foresight to embrace blogging and for taking such a progressive outlook."

Chatham & Aylesford's Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman, Tracey Crouch, added,

"We are always looking for new ways to communicate with local communities. Younger voters in particular are far more likely to join in the political debate if they can do so on-line. This is a really exciting development and indicates how local Conservatives are in touch with new ideas."


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