Our reputation as one of the most active CLPs in Kent continues, with our regular campaigning resuming since the County Council elections in May when we successful got Roger Truelove and Angela Harrison elected back onto Kent County Council representing the Swale Central and Sheerness divisions respectively.
In June we held our Day of Action in the soon-to-be Borough ward The Meads. Resident’s surveys were to delivered to every household by Ghlin Whelan’s highly efficient and well attended weekly leaflet delivery group, and we knocked on doors on two Saturdays to collect them and speak to residents, with around 20 activists helping altogether.
We also received a considerable number of completed surveys in the post, many raising the lack of a GP surgery for the community which Cllr. Angela Harrison asked about at Swale’s Full Council meeting on the 24th July. We are now working closely with a large number of residents on The Meads over issues they raised with us and even recruited new members! In total we knocked just under 500 doors and made contact with many many more.
Following the success of The Meads we moved to Halfway on the Island for our July Day of Action. We were joined by our three candidates seeking selection to be our prospective parliamentary candidate. The Sheppey leaflet deliver team got the residents survey out to Halfway residents and a beautifully sunny Saturday we returned to door knock, talk to residents and collect completed surveys. The response was great and we’ve received over 50 completed surveys in the post too, signing some Labour supporters up to our newsletter. Sheerness town centre regeneration and frustration over the Island’s congested roads were amongst the issues raised by residents. We knocked on over 500 doors and had over 20 activists help once again.
Our Days of Action are an extremely effective way of bringing our activists together to make an impact in our communities. By listening to residents we are able to act on the issues people care about most by raising the issues in the council chamber. Days of Action also help us to register voters, get postal votes for those who want them, recruit new members and supporters and build links with the community.
In September we will hold our next Day of Action in Teynham – we look forward to talking to residents, introducing our Parliamentary Candidate to the voters there and campaigning on the issues that matter most to the community there. If you want to help, contact us using any of the means of contact shown here. And please also have a look at some of the pictures taken from the two Days of Action below!
Margaret Cooper is the Secretary for Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour Party and in this capacity coordinates our Days of Action and other regular campaigning activity.