Lucy Powell

Lessons learnt on the doorstep for Labour

First published on the Times Redbox

This Sunday I ventured to the Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency with a car full of people. I was keen to do my bit to help Gareth Snell, a friend from my Labour Students days, and Labour’s campaign more generally.

In these heartbreaking times it is important to remember there is no factionalism in doorknocking and despite the feeling that Labour is dying in front of our eyes, most Labour activists like each other and love this party. (more…)

Let’s rediscover our reforming zeal, leave the Tories standing and stop May’s grammar schools plan

First published on LabourList

I know exactly what it feels like to want to attend a grammar school. I decided early on that I did not want to attend the feeder secondary school in my town. I had experienced so much bullying already about a sexuality I did not yet know I had. An out of county grammar school – my native Bedfordshire had long abolished the system but neighbouring Buckinghamshire had not – gave me something to focus on, and a way that avoid both the bullies and the issue they concentrated on. It was an alibi that did not require much explanation. (more…)