Welcome to 2015 – An election year. And a chance to wave goodbye to Charles Walker and David Cameron
With just over 4 months to go until the General Election on 7 May, the scene is set for a hard-fought campaign in which it looks as though Labour will be the financial underdogs again.
That’s why we need as much volunteer support as we can get!
In 2010, the Tories spent nearly twice as much on advertising and publicity than Labour. But this year it looks as though it’ll be more like triple. Fear not. They always have more money. But we have better-motivated activists and a much more positive message. In Broxbourne and beyond.
New research circulated by Douglas Alexander has shown us that our door-to-door campaign can win us many more votes than the Tories’ extra money can win them – provided we all work to put up the all-important voter-contact rate. Our analysis of the 2010 campaign shows that when Labour activists were able to contact 30% of voters in a seat, our share of the vote went up by an extra 5% over those seats where we didn't manage to contact that number.
In Broxbourne, an extra 5% on top of the national swing could see us surge well past 25%, return a good number of councillors and see off UKIP royally. If we work hard enough to convince our neighbours who voted Lib Dem in 2010 and convince a number of first time voters to turn-out, who knows what could happen.
But we need our members and our friends to agree to speak to as many of our neighbours as we can.
The Tories have barely got going on their mission to cut the services people rely on, shrink the public sector to proportions not seen since the 1930s and re-brand Britain as an offshore tax haven with a surplus of low-wage workers.
Labour says no. The Downton Abbey Britain the Tories envision is not a good place to live in for the vast majority of us. But this year, we can stop them in their tracks.