Roll up your sleeves!

Last week a small group of us headed to Exeter to help out on the doorsteps with their upcoming by elections (9 Sept). These have been caused by the cancellation of the Unitary Authority and we hope to become the largest party on the Council there if all goes well.

So why spend 2 hours travelling to a strange City to help out? It is obvious to me that when others need help, we don’t have to wait to be asked, we just roll up our sleeves and get on with it. Just as my CLP has benefited in the past from the kindness of strangers and from old friends now is the opportunity to give our support where it is needed.

The South West is a big region and Labour activists are often isolated physically, stretched and outnumbered. But we are no less Labour, no less important than the large and powerful parties in other ‘traditional’ Labour heartlands. We have to push harder than most to gain any momentum, but push we continue to do.

The South West is a critical battleground now – lots of Lib Dems must be sitting very uncomfortably there now. They were on the retreat from the Tories before the General Election, now we have to seize the ground that they have stood on.

So when someone commented to me that spending 4 hours driving in the M5 and doing 5 hours on the doorstep was hardcore,  I could only think that this is the southwest, this is hardcore!

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  • cllrkatehaigh  On September 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    As a update to this post – returned to help out on election day and made a small contribution to Labour gaining 3 seats and becoming largest party.

    They say cut back, we say fight back!

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