Last night’s nomination meeting Rochford & Southend East Constituency Labour Party is, by a long way, the fullest I’ve seen the Labour Hall in Southend. 43 people, in all, turned out to make the decision for who we, as the local Party, should nominate for the leadership and deputy leadership race.
Some interesting numbers in yesterday’s Southend Echo, pertaining to the spending of each of the parliamentary candidates in the recent elections.
Given that all candidates have to file election expenses by law, it makes for quite an interesting look at how each campaign was financed. The accompanying article in the Echo highlighted concerns about the Conservatives buying the election, and having seen the eye-watering numbers they spent across the whole of south Essex, there’s some cause and justification I think.
So letting out my inner stats wonk, I decided to have a look at how each candidate’s expenditure stacked up compared to the votes they won, in the three south east Essex seats.
Last week I blogged about the importance of being able to win elections, and win power, if you want to make a difference.
I am a campaigner. An activist. When it comes to politics, I am most comfortable on the doorstep (Or behind a keyboard -Ed). Interactions with people are where the difference is made, where the fight is won.
So naturally that is what informs my choice for the new Labour leader and deputy leader.
That is why I am backing Stella Creasy for deputy leader.
Well that, my friends, was an unmitigated f**king disaster.
I barely know where to start. There won’t be any glossing over on this blog, because frankly there is no glossing over this. Labour were preparing for government on Thursday, and on Friday the Tories have a majority.
I don’t really know what went wrong. Clearly the majority of the British people were not convinced by the policies that Labour were offering. Which, to be honest, is a shame because I do believe that we had the best ideas for the good of the whole country. But if we can’t communicate that effectively and convincingly then it’s worthless.
Southend doesn’t usually get big name politicians visiting. For one thing, it holds two safe Conservative parliamentary seats (Nominally safe… -Ed). But it is, without any doubt, a town crying out for radical innovation and change. Just look at the growing rejection of the Conservatives at a local level.
I was delighted that Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, on Thursday concluded his #shapeyourfuture road trip along the A13 in Southend.
In Liam’s own words, the road trip was about listening to young people.
“Last week Ed Miliband launched Labour’s #shapeyourfuture consultation. We want to hear what from young people about their hopes and aspirations and what they want from a Government that represents them.
“I am helping get #shapeyourfuture on the road, listening to young people and encouraging them to speak up, register to vote and make their voice heard.“
Yesterday morning saw the Labour team, including myself, out in Blenheim Park ward putting the below leaflet out across the ward. It was a bright and clear day, but as with last week the wind was bitter and biting. Not that that stopped us.
Over a few hours, we covered five counties: Kent, Norfolk, Surrey, Suffolk, and Middlesex. I am, of course, talking about the avenues within Blenheim Park ward bearing those names.
The weather won’t stop us this morning either; there are more leaflets to go out, and only 102 days left until the election. Labour are serious, nationally and locally, about offering an alternative that will work. We’re working hard for Southend, and I‘m out every weekend talking to Blenheim Park residents, listening to what they want from their local representative.
Vote Labour for a better Southend. Vote Matt Dent for a better Blenheim Park.