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…)