Rhondda Labour face the prospect of losing the Rhondda seat in the June 8th general election, and it’s all due to a local shop closing it’s doors.
This week’s temporary closure of The Co-operative store in Ferndale, known locally as The Cop, is set to cause a political swing in the Rhondda. The store is due to close for just over a week from today for refurbishment work, which will mean local shoppers being forced to shop in the Spar just across the road.
As everyone in Ferndale knows, the Spar give away free copies of a newspaper with every purchase made in store, and with that paper being well known for its Tory support, local Labour supporters are absolutely shitting themselves with the prospect of local people having their political views changed by the conservative supporting stories within.
Local Labour supporter Jimothy Donald told My Rhondda News, “It’s absolutely ridiculous really, the timing couldn’t be worse, we’ve worked hard to build up a lead in the polls over the Tories in the Rhondda, and all that hard work could be for nothing.
My Rhondda News conducted its own polling of voters, and previously put Labour ahead of the Conservatives in its polls for the Rhondda constituency but news of the Co-op closure has thrown the polls up in the air, and we don’t know which way to call it.
Jimothy went on to say, “I urge all Rhondda voters to refuse the free paper when offered it, but if they can’t say no, please just read the horoscopes and sports pages, and stay away from any political stories.”