2023 Roundup - election year ahoy!
And that’s a wrap! As we sit through the whistling winds and rapidly approach the Christmas break, the team and I went out for the final door knock of the year yesterday evening. Since I was selected on 31st July 2022, we have spoken to 10,920 people on doorsteps, delivered somewhere around 30,000 leaflets and visited dozens of community and faith groups; charities, business and schools.
We won a county council by-election and then control of the council, and our fantastic new councillors are making incredible progress in undoing 20 years of Tory mess to deliver a better Erewash for our residents.
It has been a remarkably busy year and a half, but everything we are doing is necessary to ultimately win the general election. We are riding high in the polls, but I am still of the view that the polls can and will narrow, which I believe will leave us battling on a knife-edge in Erewash.
Our job, sitting atop the edge of the blade, is to keep doing everything in our power to fall down on the correct side of that knife – in the words of Depeche Mode, “Everything counts, in large amounts.” That is why we do so much door knocking, so much leafleting and so much general community engagement. As always, we work as if we are five points behind in the polls.
In the new year, we will be doubling down. We’ll back back on the doorsteps on 6th January, and continuing with our four-sessions-a-week canvassing cadence. This cadence will then slowly ramp up to at least three sessions a day as we approach the general election, which I am, at this point, assuming will be in May at the latest.
In a good month, at present, we have around 800 doorstep conversations a day – our goal in the new year is to have this number of conversations each week and, ideally, eventually every day in the final run-up to the election. This is a lofty goal, but one I strongly believe we can achieve by putting in the graft. We are at the point now where we need everyone out on the doorstep, fighting for that Labour victory, so please do give any time you can in the new year.
This time next year I hope, more than anything, that I can deliver a Christmas message reporting on my first few months in parliament, where we have a Labour MP in Erewash and a Labour government. As always, if we are successful we will achieve this goal together and you are as much a part of this as I am. Happy Christmas and Up the ‘Wash.