A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A plea to the Labour Party

There are several thousand Labour Party activists in London with no elections on 3 May.

That's a huge campaigning resource which if mobilised could be critical to the outcome of some nearby councils that do have elections.

No one from HQ has communicated with us to tell us where we need to go and work, or where there are phone banks we can volunteer at.

People with friends outside London have organised day trips to campaign for them - I'm taking a group to my old stamping ground in Castle Point.

But can someone at HQ just do an email with the contact details of the nearest key council organisers and what help they need and send it to the "all London members" email group?

It will take you 5 minutes to write & send and could deliver a great boost to the councils where help is really needed.

Plea over.


Anonymous Malcolm Powers SE Regional Director said...


Emails have gone out to members in South and West London asking them to help in local elections in the South East. But just to reiterate. If you are in South East London, please go to Dartford, Medway or Thanet. In South London, Brighton and Hove and West London, Slough. For more details, please contact the South East Regional Office at southeast@labour.org.uk

11:31 pm, April 16, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Malcolm can you ask Eastern region to do the same for North & East London?

11:40 pm, April 16, 2007

Anonymous David said...

Would also make sense to use people who don't want / wish to travel to work as phone canvassers

8:41 am, April 17, 2007

Blogger Praguetory said...

New photo looks good, Luke.

9:11 am, April 17, 2007

Blogger Chris Paul said...

Good spot Luke
When we have council by-elections up here it has not been easy to find the details. Anyone in the NW with no local seats in play (as if!) - but there are key seats in Mcr like Chorlton, Burnage, Longsight, Whaley Range and the two Gortons where assistance would be appreciated. The same goes for Liverpool where the Lib Dems are on the rack. northwest@new.labour.org.uk.
Best w
Chris P

9:30 am, April 17, 2007

Blogger Lynne said...

Come along to London Young Labour's Ring 'n' Win sessions in 39 Victoria Street! You're more than welcome! We have had 4 sessions so far and turnout has been OK. We're holding Ring 'n' Win every Tuesday and Thursday (7pm until 8.30pm) until May 3rd.
LYL has also joined forces with Labour Students for day trips outside London, and again anyone is welcome to come along! We're going to Brighton tomorrow (Wednesday) meeting at 11am at Brighton Train Station. We're also going to Dartford on Saturday - meet at Dartford Train Station at 11am and Slough on Sunday - meet at Slough Train Station at 11.15am.

Lynne (lynnee.wells@gmail.com)

9:48 am, April 17, 2007

Blogger Stephen said...

I second Lynne's comments. Labour Students is holding regular South Eastern campaign trips and anyone in London is more than welcome to come along!

9:58 am, April 17, 2007

Blogger Lynne said...

There's now a Facebook group for tonight: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2621810060&ref=mf

10:39 am, April 17, 2007

Anonymous Nick said...

Searchlight are also organising London Calling, London-based phone canvassing of key wards across the country where the BNP are a threat. Details here:


11:44 am, April 17, 2007

Anonymous Ted Harvey said...

This thread is an excellent example of simple, sensible and effective use of blogging

2:45 pm, April 17, 2007

Anonymous Andrea said...

when you've finished with the May 3th locals, you should all go to Brent for a byelection in late May in a LD/Lab marginal (LD councillor disqualified)

7:35 pm, April 17, 2007

Anonymous fiona simon said...

Yeah, the picture's much better. You don't look like that caretaker any more - should have done it ages ago!

9:54 am, April 18, 2007

Anonymous Richard said...

The Labour party have set up all members with individual websites. Please use and click onto pin2win. It would help if CLP could post what they have going on in their area.

4:22 pm, April 18, 2007


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