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.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Campaigning in Bexleyheath

I've just got back from a morning canvassing for my friend Howard Dawber, who is the Labour parliamentary candidate for Bexleyheath & Crayford in SE London.

Howard is one of a number of very dynamic Labour candidates fighting to regain seats lost to the opposition in 2005 - Bexleyheath was Labour in both the 1997 and 2001.

Judging from the quality of the campaign he is running, with some innovative literature, lots of young activists and a lot of good old-fashioned door-knocking, we have a chance of taking the seat back.

The canvassing gave grounds for optimism - we were in typical prosperous suburban streets of semis in the best Tory ward in the constituency - including the street where the Tory MP lives - and identified a lot of solid Labour support, and many voters who are waiting to see how the Brown administration pans out before deciding which way to vote.


Anonymous Mike said...

sounds good!

who are the other dynamic candidates?

how are your efforts in derbyshire south and elsewhere going?

6:21 pm, October 13, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Hi Mike (Ion?)

I was thinking of people like Stuart King in Putney, Rushanara Ali in Bethnal Green, Lucy Powell in Withington, Dan Lodge in Wimbledon.

I enjoyed my couple of days canvassing in South Derbyshire - hopefully it will have made a small contribution to them winning the Church Gresley byelection on Thursday - but came to the conclusion such a marginal seat needs a candidate who lives nearer or can move there, so I won't be seeking selection there.

6:44 pm, October 13, 2007

Blogger Mike Ion said...

pologies - only just come across this. No, it was not me - some other Mike.

11:27 pm, November 02, 2007


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