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.

3 Comments:

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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