#LabourDoorstep: A Few Thoughts From John
Hampshire North East is, I have been reminded today, a large rambling constituency, involving 100 mile round trips to reach the furthermost parts.
Silchester, Mortimer, Pamber End, all unfamiliar names, even to someone who has lived in the constituency as I have for 43 years. Itchel, Dora's Green and Wimble Hill, all delightful.
And Labour Party members in all these places!
My nervousness over possibly stumbling into Royston Vasey territory ('you're not from Round Here, are you?) was happily not realised.
Instead I came across members who were very pleased - and a little surprised - that Labour would send emissaries to their remote location. Some had Labour posters defiantly displayed, others remarked on Jeremy's smarter appearance; all were pleased that the reportage of our campaign was countering the prevailing media prejudice.
And the sun shone...
However, in the way that street signs are erected by Those Who Know Where They Are, and thus often confuse the rest of us, individual house names and a random seeming post code are no guarantee of success. I'm still wondering how I missed 'Pheasant's Copse'.
On the campaign trail...
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#LabourDoorstep: A Few Thoughts From John Hampshire North East is, I have been reminded today, a large rambling constituency, involving 100 mile round trips to reach the furthermost parts....
Dented, but undaunted!
Official numbers are in, and although our great candidates and our volunteers worked their socks off to get the Labour message out there, we've not managed to break the 'safe Tory seat' effect just yet.
Results for Hampshire overall are as follows:
The above table is from Hantsweb, and more detailed breakdowns can be found by clicking the link.
When running political campaigns, often the biggest obstacle is distribution of materials, especially if the group is relatively small. This local election cycle has at the least highlighted for us the real importance of getting as many members as possible mobilised and contributing.
We have a healthy number of card-carrying members in our constituency - people passionate enough and compassionate enough to fund a Party that aims to improve our country for the many, not just the few. We have the numbers on paper to exert local influence and we can break the 'safe Tory seat' effect.
The upcoming General Election is a chance to rescue the services held hostage by the Conservatives.
Please - if you hold a membership card, but aren't sure about attending meetings, contact us. If you match our ideals of community and fairness and have been wavering over whether or not to commit to membership: please take the plunge. We welcome you with open arms.
If you care about the NHS; about equal access to education for all regardless of wealth; about a fair Living Wage for hard work; about supporting the job-creating small and medium businesses too often swallowed by corporations with sweetheart tax deals sanctioned by the Government; if you care, then come and help us get out the vote on June 8th.
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Dented, but undaunted! Official numbers are in, and although our great candidates and our volunteers worked their socks off to get the Labour message out there, we've not managed to...
Landing fresh in your blogfeed (and in your inboxes, if you hold a highly-prized Labour Party Member Card), comes issue #3 of Easily Red!
In this edition:
- the upcoming Hampshire County Council Elections and how you can get involved in the process
- reports on recent activism and events
- 'Education, eddication, educashun', a focus on... er, education... by ex-Headteacher John Gawthorpe
- do you know how to use a QR code?
- and much more...
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Landing fresh in your blogfeed (and in your inboxes, if you hold a highly-prized Labour Party Member Card), comes issue #3 of Easily Red! In this edition: the upcoming...