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Stories from the doorstep


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


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