Staying in Europe and building our teams

Haringey Lib Dems IN campaignUp until Thursday and the sad news of Jo Cox MP, the Lib Dem IN campaign in Haringey was full steam ahead.

Our London election campaign canvassing included the EU question and some EU activity to motivate those not entirely engaged in the London elections. As soon as the May election were over, we got on with a schedule of street stalls, doorknocking, delivery, fundraising and social events to stay in the EU.

It’s been great fun and helped get more people out to join us regularly. The first street stall after the May elections, I was convinced that everyone would be shattered and we’d have a low turnout. How wrong I was, we had about 15 people ‘do a shift’ on the stall on one of our high streets and got through all the canvass packs for the day so had to produce more.

Haringey Lib Dems in camapgin 2Even better, seasoned canvassers, who’d experienced the coalition and a lesser welcome on the doorstep as a consequence, returned to the street stall all smiley as they’d had such a great reception, even from Labour voters. Others, who had never canvassed before, found speaking to strangers on their doorsteps easier than they had imagined – we’re all hoping they’ll be back for more after the referendum.

The referendum has given us the opportunity to further embed the routines of regular evening campaign sessions – whether to canvass, phonebank, enter data and more. People on the street have approached us to volunteer to help and we’ve gathered more email addresses and made sure that people have seen a regular sea of yellow around local centres on the weekends.

We’ve also had the chance to improve our skills. We have a new agent, it’s an easier one for us to do than usual but a great one for a relatively new person to cut their teeth on. We’ve taken new people on the doorsteps and with polling week approaching we’ll be able to build our experience further: running committee rooms; continuing to engage with those who enjoy telling by giving them a role; getting our vote out and much more will all put us in better shape for the ‘all out’ local elections in London in 2018.

We’ve even be joined by Lord Bill Rodgers, one of the gang of four who left Labour to set up the SDP, which has been a real treat for all concerned.

If you’re passing through London or live nearby, you’re welcome to get in touch and join us for a campaign session!

All in all, it’s been a great campaign for team spirit. Here’s hoping we deliver a remain result.

* Dawn Barnes is a Haringey activist, member of Federal Executive and has stood for parliament and council.

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  • I’ve emailed the Lib Dems nationally, and Greg Mulholland (I live in Leeds but not in his constituency) about helping on street stalls. Not had a reply from either.

    Now found some info from Stronger In but the reality of LIb Dem organisation is far removed from the party spin about organisation.

  • So instead of complaining about it, what are you going to do to improve the situation ? Did you organise a street stall ? Or maybe a delivery session ?

  • Well yes – off my own initiative I tracked down Stronger In and am doing something with them.

    How many people haven’t done that? And how many have contacted the party, heard nothing and won’t come back. Suprisingly your aggression makes me feel much more enthusiastic about working for the Lib Dems again. What a nasty tribal lot the Lib Dems are when your not one of their little club anymore.

  • Hywel, I’m sorry you weren’t contacted. We’ve tried to get back to everyone in Haringey who has been in touch to help but I am sure there are some that fall through the net. I guess that applies to all, ultimately we are reliant on volunteers and very busy staff members so we can’t be perfect.

    I’m glad you found Stronger In and hope that you’ve been able to do some campaigning for the Remain side.

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