I love the buzz of campaigning with others from around the country. I love the knowledge that I’m making a real difference in a campaign that will be in the media spotlight. And by-election campaigns have taught me a lot: much that I know about campaigning has come from helping in them.
Super Thursday may be behind us, but there’s now three more opportunities to get involved.
If you live in the North East, or in Yorkshire and the Humber, you may have felt the by-election bandwagon has passed you by. Well it hasn’t!
On Thursday 29th, there’s by-elections in Middlesbrough and in Rotherham. And you don’t need to live in the same region to help. For example, there are trains from Manchester than take barely an hour to get to Rotherham. And, of course, there’s parts of Yorkshire that are extremely close to Middlesbrough.
There’s also a by-election in Croydon North, which is easily accessible from much of the south-east, especially London and the counties to the south of London. For example, the train from Brighton to Croydon can take barely half an hour.
For those who particularly like to go out in a team, North East region and Yorkshire and the Humber region are organising special Regional Action Days this Saturday, 24th November. If you come to them from a different region, you’ll be particularly welcome.
And if the campaigns are too far for you to travel to, you can help from the comfort of your sofa by using the virtual phone bank. If you’ve never used Connect before, just contact one of the campaigns below, and they can help get you started. For those who already know about phone banking with Connect, the Virtual Phone Bank codes are given below.
Michael Beckett’s Rotherham campaign:
VPB code: BE0DAL-9693
To help you can email here
Marisha Ray’s Croydon North campaign:
VPB code: CC6F9A-3918
To help you can ring here 07814 735680 or email here
George Selmer’s Middlesbrough campaign
VPB code: AA39AE-8184
To help you can ring 01642 821220 or use the form here
Some of my best by-election memories are when there’s been a small team, because it’s been a chance to really get to know the folk in the campaign, and know that my individual contribution is all the more significant.
And your contribution will be important. So to all those who have helped, and who are going to help, thank you!
* George Kendall is chair of the Social Democrat Group, which is being formed to celebrate and develop our social democrat heritage, and to reach out to social democrats beyond the party. He writes in a personal capacity.