On Saturday we launched our 2015 General Election campaign with the help of Lisa Nandy and members and supporters from across the city.
Over 100 people turned out to help launch the campaign and set the tone for the next 7 months, a campaign where we’ll be working together to improve the lives of the people in Southampton.
Lisa Nandy reiterated the importance of unity during her speech telling us ‘The right will try and pit us against each other, our solution is to knit our communities back together’ We saw the impact of some of the work already done by Southampton Labour while hearing from supporters across the city.
There was Rob Dent a local business man who outlined his journey from disaffected voter to Labour supporter after Rowenna impressed him with her engagement with the local community.
Then Emma Bungay, owner of Hair4U in Bitterne told us that Southampton Labour had made her believe in politics again after we helped he with her campaign to improve a local playground.
And Lyn and Rob, two cleaners Rowenna Davis has been working closely with fighting for a fair wage alongside sick and holiday pay.
Rowenna spoke about what she’d found when working with people like Emma, Lyn and Rob ‘We know how angry people are. It’s time to get them on board because we cannot win without them. It’s time to really listen to what people are saying, and we will help turn them into leaders’
Alan Whitehead MP for Test summed it up during his speech when he said “We are for the many, not for the few. If we work as hard as I know we will, those two seats will be secure and we know we will have done our part in bringing that about.”
On Saturday we launched our 2015 General Election campaign with the help of Lisa Nandy and members and supporters from across the city.Over 100 people turned out to help launch...
Election day 2014 is over and we have some new councillors to introduce! Congratulations to Hannah Coombs in Shirley, Mike Denness in Milbrook and Caran Chamberlain in Woolston. And a huge congratulations to all of our re-elected councillors as well.
A massive thank you is in order to our volunteers, candidates and councillors in Southampton Labour party who fought for every vote, mostly in some pretty epic rain and thunder.
We have a lot of work to do in the run up to 2015 but its exciting to see the team building month on month as more people sign up to campaign with us each week.
If you can spend even one hour of your time with us in the run up to May 2015 sign up here
Join our team today and start campaigning and fighting for the many not the few.
Election day 2014 is over and we have some new councillors to introduce! Congratulations to Hannah Coombs in Shirley, Mike Denness in Milbrook and Caran Chamberlain in Woolston. And a...
I've now been on the road for ninety hours. That means I'm almost half way through my promise to spend 200 hours knocking on doors in Southampton in the run up to the local elections.
So what keeps me going? It's the people. Knocking on a door and asking about politics leads to all kinds of conversations. They can be moving, frightening and funny.
There was the woman who opened the door and explained she had dedicated her life to community work, and now has a terminal illness. Obviously a strong woman, she was still moved to tears to talk about how she can't continue her work, and hopes I can work with others in her place.
Then there were the mums at the school gates who were angry about dog poo and pot holes
Or the older lady last night, a life long Labour supporter scared she was losing agency with her disability, who was thrilled to find that we could give her a lift to the polls so she can still exercise her right to vote.
Then there was the guy who was recovering from being a drug addict. He had been clean for two months and said if he could make it another year, he wanted to work with Labour and local young people to make sure they didn't make the same mistakes.
You never know what you're going to get when you reach a door. But even when there's hate or sadness, you feel it's worth it to reconnect. You can't fix everything, but you can listen and learn.
Of course none of this would be possible without volunteers. Thanks to everyone who has come out with me so far, in all wards and weathers. Whether you've been helping follow up the case work, enter the data or knocking on doors in the rain. Let's keep this up together! You can join me any day any time just sign up here