#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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