Frances Denz writes:
Chris Trotter states in his blog of 23rd of February that the Sensible Sentencing Trust is a powerful lobby group and is supported by the Conservative rural sector, which is the influence behind bringing back Judith Collins.
These lobby groups do make themselves heard, and perhaps influence others to their cause. However, as Muriel Newman found out, lobby groups do not always reward their political support base for their cause with their vote! Muriel put a huge effort into working with the Union of Fathers who wanted equal access to their children. Did they vote for her? All the evidence suggests that they did not.
Voting is not necessarily for appreciation for the work done by an MP on their behalf. People make their choice for other reasons as well as their passion of the moment. So a Labour voter might like and appreciate the work she has done for them, but cannot bring themselves to vote for the total package if it is against their family tradition, habit or peer pressure. They believe she has done her job as an MP, “as she should”. Read more »