Today is Thank your Campaign Organiser Day

Lib Dem campaign organisers are amazing.

They work incredibly hard. Those who do get paid for it don’t get paid nearly enough  for what is effectively a project management job. They have to herd the Lib Dem cats to deliver objectives on the way to electoral success.

They are so dedicated to their jobs, too. I will never forget the day one young organiser, who had been led astray by older and less wise party activists (for once, not me), turning up at the office about 3 hours after they went to bed a little green around the gills to spend the day in a room with a thumping risograph churning out thousands of leaflets.

If you are moaning about tiredness and sore feet as most of us are at this stage of an election, your organiser will have been up before you to make sure you have what you need to do your bit of the job and will be going to bed after you because they need to clear up and prepare for the next day.  And, often, because the organiser is the one pulling everything together, they get caught in the crossfire of competing ideas and ambitions, so they require diplomatic skills of UN standard.

I am sure that many of you will have stories of appreciation to share about your organisers in the comments. Ours in Edinburgh West, Ed, is a total diamond who makes you want to get out there and knock on doors. He is efficient and calm and you just don’t want to let him down. At Conference, I found out from his university colleagues that he would have them out there canvassing no matter how hungover they were.

For the second year in three, organisers are not getting the holiday they thought they were going to get after local elections. They are straight into another campaign at full pelt.

So today, let’s show our organisers how much we appreciate them and value their work.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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2 Comments

  • Richard Underhill 14th May '19 - 11:41am

    Good organisers shun publicity, which goes to the candidates.
    There were, of course, three different candidates in the bye-elections in Eastbourne, Ribble Valley and Kincardine-Deeside. Three wins, one agent, Paul Jacobs.
    I went out canvassing with the candidate in the Eastbourne bye-election. He had been told not to disclose canvas returns, or a likelihood of winning, presumably by the agent. The reason was over-confidence (complacency) among Tories who looked at previous results. Of course our agent was correct. Candidates can get over-excited.
    John Major caused a bye-election in Ribble Valley by sending the MP to the Lords.
    John Major’s memoirs show that he had been advised that he could not possibly lose the bye-election. After the result Tory MPs were all over the place, but were unified by a motion of no confidence moved by Labour.

  • A big shout out to George and Tom!
    You know who you are.

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