Busy Week On The Campaign Trail With FTA

Posted on: Thursday, 15 April 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Labour, Westminster, Media and campaigns

With the general election just a few weeks away, candidates are frantically stuffing leaflets through letterboxes, shaking hands with constituents and kissing every baby in sight. However, many of them are also taking time to meet local logistics operators and FTA members, ensuring that those standing for election, if successful, will enter parliament with a better understanding of just how logistics really works in their bit of the country.

This week, FTA has taken three Labour candidates around local operators. The victor in last November’s by-election, Willie Bain, visited Carntyne Transport in Glasgow North East. His party colleague Iain Boulton went to Viridor in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency, and on Friday the Labour hopeful in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Dr Gregg McClymont, met with John G Russell Ltd.

All three men were impressed with the sophistication and organisation of the companies they went to see, and learned something of quite how difficult it is to ensure that goods are on our shelves or in our factories exactly how we need them and when we want them. FTA will be reporting back on this blog how they, and the 10 other site visit candidates fare when the talking is over and the voting is done.

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