A painful start to campaigning
The Mayoral and GLA election campaign seems to be well and truly under way.
I'm now nursing a nasty cough brought on by seven hours leafleting in the rain, plus extensive bruising from slipping and falling down a set of concrete steps on the way to stick a Ken for Mayor newspaper through a basement flat door. Politics is a risky business!
My constituency party delivered over 20,000 newspapers over the weekend, and as I went past Dalston Kingsland railway station on the 243 bus this morning there was a cluster of Hackney South comrades leafleting there as well.
Last night a team of us including Diane Abbott also stuffed and labelled a mailing with posters in it to all our members and previous poster requesters, so posters should start appearing in windows in the next few days.
Overall, this doesn't feel anything like the previous London-wide elections in terms of activity levels - and feels far more like a General Election.
It will be interesting to see if the weekend's dreadful opinion polls are only pertinent to General Election voting intentions - will start finding out as we crank up the canvassing this week.
So far only the Lib Dems seem to have been out delivering anything of our opponents in Hackney.