LabourDoorstep

‘This is how you do it’

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…)

The final announcement from your in-flight team

First published on ProgressOnline

As everyone passes through customs at the end of Operation Flight I want to stop and thank everyone who made this possible.

First, your cabin crew, the Progress staff and volunteers who have taken a lead in the nine seats Labour is targeting where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is standing down.

In addition the 15 Labour MPs and MEPs, especially our chair John Woodcock MP, who took the captain’s seat and led the campaign days from the front.

Close behind were the Progress strategy board members – those you have decided to elect to lead the organisation. Based across the country, many doing the hard graft of being a councillor, they show Progress at its best.

The support from Labour Students, LGBT Labour and Community Union as they pilled in behind was crucial to the success of the day and shows how vibrant our movement is.

The party staff – we have excellent organisers – they do our party and our politics proud and these events always take more organising that anyone ever acknowledges.

Finally the 213 volunteers who turn out in all weathers and knocked those doors. That is nearly 500 volunteer hours.

Together we started 4526 conversations. Broken down by seat that is:

Brent Central: 693
Cardiff North: 794
Cannock Chase: 413
Dudley South: 350
Erewash: 498
Hove: 930
North Warwickshire: 202
Redcar: 192
South Ribble: 454

Our candidates across the country are the heros of this election campaign. I do not know anyone in the 106 target list that is not going above and beyond to get Labour that extra MP. Everyone in Progress was proud to be out campaigning with their #OpFlight Labour candidate. They have all had different flight paths to Labour but the destination is the same: a one-term Tory government brought to an end and a Labour majority to make this country fairer, stronger and working for all.

This week our leader Ed Miliband promised we would make four million conversations. In just nine seats we started well over 4,000 today. Lots done, lots to be done but either way bring on 7 May.

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Richard Angell is director of Progress

Operation Flight

Operation FlightFirst published on Progressonline

Richard Angell explains Progress’ new campaign to capitalise on the coalition MPs abandoning their seats

It is clear that the Tories do not believe in David Cameron’s premiership. There has long been sniping, if not the threat of outright revolt. Many of his members of parliament, though, are voting with their feet. Two have taken their ball with them and gone off to play with the United Kingdom Independence party. Louise Mensch quit for New York and handed her seat to Labour’s Andy Sawford. Among the 29 who have announced they are standing down, eight are doing so after just one term and seven are in Labour’s list of 106-target seats. Each might have their own given reason but what Cameron cannot deny is that this is a historic abandoning of their posts. Worse still, it is a damning critique of the first Tory government of the 21st century. (more…)

Politics is a team sport

First published on Progressonlne

This Saturday the three seat challenge team has ditched its plans and is heading down to Medway to help Naushabah Khan fight Mark Reckless, who ditched the Tories for the United Kingdom Independence party. We have always kept Lab3seats – think the three peaks, but a Labour doorstep version for three candidates – to the 106 target seats, but we thought it was important to go and help get Labour into the race.

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Special campaign weekend: #LabourMums

Special campaign weekend: #LabourMums

Labour has selected a number of different candidates for the next election. This includes two excellent people, Lee Sherriff and Amina Lone. They are both single mums and working round the clock to win to win Carlisle (target seat 15) and Morecambe (14) respectively.

Join us over the 26/27 July weekend for an intensive weekend of #Labourdoorstep. All welcome, training and accommodation provided.

The 3 seats challenge

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)
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