First published on Labour Hame
As the starting gun was fired on the general election campaign, the Progress team visited seven seats in Scotland to help some excellent Labour candidates – all standing for election or re-election for the first time – knock back the Scottish National party and knock out the Conservatives nationally.
Every Labour member of parliament returned to Westminster brings the Labour government that this country so desperately needs ever closer. More SNP MPs leaves only David Cameron rubbing his hands.
It was an exhilarating and exhausting two days as we stretched the three seat challenge (#Lab3seats) model to visit seven seats in 36 hours. It was fascinating for everyone on our tour. 1,078 contacts later, there are some lessons which I think are worth sharing. (more…)
Following the three seats challenge model, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 April 2015, Progress continues the campaign tours in Scotland to help comrades up against the Scottish National party. In two days, in seven seats, the volunteers on Lab7Scots over 1,000 conversations were had.
The tour on video
Lab3Seats founder and director of Progress, Richard Angell, talks to each of the candidates as part of the #Lab7Scots tour. Watch them back today:
You can follow the Lab7Scots tour in the following ways:
First published on Progressonline
Lab3seats founder Richard Angell talks exclusively to Tessa Jowell MP at the end of her first #TessaTriple
As 2013 was coming to an end a group of friends and I were sitting discussing life and one mutual friend’s recent achievement. They had just completed the three peaks challenge, a slightly barmy activity where people climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. ‘Imagine if there was a Labour doorstep version’, we joked. The laughing soon stopped and in early 2014 we organised the first of what has become a regular occasion. Not only has #Lab3seats – as it has become known – become a regular part of the Progress calendar as we near the election, many others have taken up the idea. Both Young Labour and Dan Jarvis MP have done their own three-seat challenges.
One year on from the initial challenge and Tessa Jowell is following suit in what Twitter has dubbed a #TessaTriple. I talk to her about why she decided to take up the idea of the three seats challenge? ‘I think three seats is what you can do in a day while giving a good chunk of time to each constituency and it is a very good way of engaging people who perhaps have not got a close relationship with their own constituency; or perhaps living in a Tory constituency, [allowing them] to feel they can be part of the great tidal wave of optimism in the party’. She goes on, ‘it is our contribution to making Ed Miliband the prime minister of our country’. (more…)
Starting the New Year as we mean to go on
Alex Baker and I are planning a little road trip to help three of our favourite candidates.
We are calling it the 3 seats challenge (#Lab3seats):
Saturday 4 January 2014
08.00: Meet Brixton tube for road trip (Music provided by Ben Dilks)
10.00: On the #LabourDoorstep for Peter Kyle (PPC for Hove and Portslade)
12.30: Hit the road (packed lunch provided by Hove CLP)
13.30: On the #LabourDoorstep for Chris Oxlade (PPC for Crawley)
16.00: Roadtrip back to London (arrive about 18.00)
Sunday 5 January 2014
11.00: Meet for #LabourDoorstep at Gants Hill tube (Central Line) to help Wes Streeting (PPC for Ilford North)
13.30: Sunday lunch at the Havester in Ilford (optional)