It’s been 3 months since being selected as Labour’s candidate for Gloucester and it has been a really exciting and busy few months from January to March.
Despite the cold weather we have been getting out on the doorstep in Matson, Coney Hill, Quedgeley, Kingsway, Kingsholm, and Moreland. Every conversation counts! We’ve spoken to many Labour supporters and some previous Tories who said they will be voting Labour at the next election. We’ve had a great turnout of members every weekend, including members who had never been door-knocking before and loved the experience!
We will be continuing to door-knock throughout the year and delivering our city-wide leaflet - please join us!
Since January I’ve been getting involved with our key campaigns across the city. We succeeded in getting the denigrating homeless posters removed by the council, and had national press coverage in the Times, the Sun, the Guardian, and many more! I marched alongside Labour members and hundreds of members of the public in Gloucester for the national NHS day of action. I wrote to Richard Graham on his vote to cut Free School Meals, on the disastrous privatisation of NHS staff through a Subco, about shameful police cuts, and calling on him starting an inquiry into the deaths in supported housing. Unsurprisingly he hasn’t taken action on any of these issues. But we are definitely keeping the pressure on him, we’ve hit the local news talking about these issues and criticising him.
Labour is built on the trade union movement. So I’ve been introducing myself to a number of trade unions including UNISON, ASLEF, TSSA, Unite, GMB, FBU and they all want to help us get me elected! In March I spoke at the UNISON South West conference in Croyde about becoming a PPC, working together on campaigns, and how to make sure we win in Gloucester!
Community leaders across Gloucester are vital to our movement succeeding so I’ve been meeting some and to talking about what a Labour government could mean for them. I’ve visited some great local organisations including Fairshares, Gloucester Food bank, Podsmead Hub, and I attended the Matson, Robinswood, and White City community awards. I also took part in the Stroud Labour party NHS conference and the Unite Community event on beyond breaking point.
I have loved being part of the 100 years of women’s suffrage celebrations this year. Annette (our women’s officer) and Emma (our events coordinator), organised a beautiful memorial event of suffragist Dorothea Beale in the Cathedral on International Women’s Day and a fantastic International Women’s Day party in the office. It was a lot of fun!
I’m really looking forward to the coming months, with the weather getting warmer we will be on the doorstep even more and delivering our new city-wide leaflet. We really need lots of helpers to do this so please get in touch if you want to help with delivering leaflets.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Gloucester