Campaigning in the snow

It’s snowing. It’s cold. Much of Britain is housebound.

Here are some top tips to keep your constituency campaigning in the snow.

  1. Telephone canvass!
  2. Get your photos for next year’s Christmas card now!
  3. Use time trapped indoors to review your plans.  Have you ordered your ink, sourced your suppliers and got a name next to every action point?
  4. How’s that to-do list looking?
  5. Are you practicing Inbox Zero?  What better time to start!
  6. How snowy are your neighbours’ roofs?  If some houses in your street / ward / constituency have the snow and ice melting faster than others, then it’s a clear indication they don’t have enough loft insulation.  So go look up what grants are available in your area, and go let people know.
  7. How’s your data?  If you haven’t frozen your EARS to send it to Pampisford Road, here are some questions for you: are all your email addresses in it? Including your members? Have you got the most recent postal voter list from the Council?  Are January’s register updates processed?
  8. How’s your e-campaigning? Is your website up to date?
  9. Sort out an events programme for next year.  Some events – Pizza and Politics, Hot Potato evening, wine tasting, Liberal Drinks – take next to no organising. But having a regular programme of events is a steady source of social capital amongst your members and is an easy step for new interested people. Next time someone approaches you for more information about your local party you can say “come and join us at our next Liberal Drinks!”  So now, in the snow, phone round the pub-goers and the members who have less tidying to do before they can have guests, and set up a programme.  And once you have…
  10. …prepare a members’ newsletter!  Here’s a handy insert if your newsletter needs a little padding.
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  • On point 7 if you haven’t sent off your data yet it is probably best ot wait until you get the data back to request an update postal vote list – as after all the council will already be using the new role.

  • 11. Get Delivering. With a good pair of boots I have been out three days this week in the glorious sun.

  • And get some pics of your councillors or activists spreading grit on the pavements – many councils allow you to pick the stuff up for free from big bins, all you have to do is spread it. It doesn’t take long, and it does make a difference.

  • Tony Greaves 8th Jan '10 - 11:44pm

    Quite so – go out and campaign, deliver your leaflets and clear the snow round old people’s bungalows etc.

    Tony Greaves

  • Matthew Huntbach 9th Jan '10 - 10:52am

    Kevin and Tony are right. Get out and deliver. It’s a sneaky trick, but a good one. If snow is predicted, get a Focus ready to be delivered in it. When it’s snowing outside and a Focus comes through the letterbox, it’s enormously impressive for the voters, probably does more for us than anything written in the Focus.

  • Richard Church 9th Jan '10 - 7:11pm

    A good day campaigning in Northampton North today. One team doorstep canvassing, another telephone canvassing and a good load of delivery done too.

    Some of us remember an old ALC booklet- ‘Your even came out in the snow’.

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