Saturday night, Southend West was where the party was at. Specifically, a fundraiser to fill the coffers ahead of May. All those leaflets don’t pay for themselves, you know (They don’t deliver themselves, either -Ed), and for all the fuss around big donor money, all of the local party activities that I have seen are funded through the personal generosity.
Our members believe in the cause we fight for, and invest themselves in a Labour victory.
The guest of honour was Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon, the former Labour MP for Basildon. She was, as I did not know before hearing her speak, a one-time long-time Labour candidate in Westborough ward, and had brought along one of her 1980s Labour leaflets.
Her view from the House of Lords, of the Liberal Democrats’ willing duplicity in oppressive measures like the bedroom tax and withdrawing legal aid from victims of domestic violence — all the while clinging onto the fiction of being to be more progressive than, and to the left of, Labour.
Fetid nonsense, of course. There is only one party who can stop the Tories, and who can kick them out of office on May 8th. It isn’t the Liberal Democrats, the Greens or UKIP.
No, if you want to get rid of the Tories and the disastrous policies of the last five years, then on 7th May you need to cast your vote for Labour — for Julian Ware-Lane in Southend West, and in Rochford & Southend East for Ian Gilbert.