Despite the bad weather more than 20 Labour activists took to the streets in Sheerness with our Parliamentary Candidate, Guy Nicholson, on Saturday 19th October. Door-knocking in Sheerness West was accompanied by leafleting in other parts of the town and a street stall by the Clock Tower with veteran Labour Councillor Steve Worrall and Sheppey Labour Spokesman Pat Wiggins.
A petition supporting Ed Miliband’s energy prize freeze was top of the agenda, along with surveys collecting information about local issues from residents. Many people raised the issue of lack of jobs and falling incomes and there was a general feeling of frustration that little seems to change for the Island.
Sheerness West Councillor Angela Harrison said: ‘People here always suffer under Tory Governments. We can’t just point this out and hope they vote for us – we’re going out telling people how life will be better under a Labour Government and if we have a Labour MP.’
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Guy Nicholson added: ‘There is a widely held view that the Sheerness, and the Island in general, is forgotten and has been left to decline. People here want better, they’re just unsure any promises to fight for better will be fulfilled. The Island needs someone fighting for it everyday – as the Labour MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey I will do that. I will continue to talk to residents here to persuade them that I really will fight for Sheerness, the Island and the constituency as a whole.’