Back on the doorsteps in Long Eaton
After what feels like an eternity, I’ve been back out on doorsteps over the last few days, talking to people and hearing their opinions.
Those that know me well know that I love talking to people – over the 6 or so years I’ve been actively involved in the Labour Party, I’ve knocked on thousands of doors, week-in, week-out, election-or-not, talking to people and finding the common ground between us.
Sometimes I speak to people that disagree with me, but that’s ok – that’s part of democratic debate, and we can nearly always find something that we agree on. I love hear from people about the things that matter most to them, and to act on that information to help improve our community.
Because of this love, I was utterly stoked to get back out on the doorsteps this weekend, and talk to people on the Invaders estate about their thoughts and concerns. I was a little nervous at first (knocking on strangers doors never stops being at least a little daunting, and it’s been a while), but after the first door I knocked on turned out to be the home of a friendly colleague from work, I knew it was going to be a good day.
What followed was a series of lovely conversations, and I could tell that the vast majority of people were really happy to see us and talk to someone new after so long cooped up inside.
We took a lot of precautions (teams of 2, face masks, regular hand sanitizer, standing well back from doorsteps, dropping leaflets explaining who we were before knocking to give people the option to not answer, etc.), and it was clear that people felt that, with these precautions in place, our presence on the doorstep was valid and appropriate.
I can’t wait to get out again in the coming weeks (before and after the election on 6th May) – here’s a quick clip of me talking about the experience: