Adam Thompson: Labour candidate for Amber Valley

Adam Thompson

Leafleting in Kilburn in the rain

Winning in Amber Valley: Week 3

We’re at the end of another week of the campaign, and I’ll be honest – it’s been a tough one.

I’d first like to offer my most sincere condolences at the sudden passing of Councillor Brian Lyttle last Monday. I didn’t know Brian, but I gather from everyone I’ve spoken to that he was a hard-working pillar of the community who served Somercotes proud, and I know he will be sorely missed by the local party and the people of Amber Valley. My thoughts are with all of you who knew him best.

This week, we have also suffered a national terror attack and bouts of illness going around the team (myself very much included), making this by far the most difficult week of the campaign thus far.

Despite all of this, we’ve still been working incredibly hard on the campaign trail. Here’s what we got up to:

  • Talked to people in Alfreton and around the constituency about registering to vote, trying to sign up as many people as possible;
  • Got rained on in Kilburn, discussing how our sense of community has been diminished in the years since the miners’ strikes in the 1980s. Social isolation always seems to increase under Conservative governments – Labour will work with local people to rebuild villages and towns and promote a sense of community, where people look after other people when things don’t go their way.
  • Published a video on the health and social care (see below);
  • Came down with the flu, but used it as an excuse to talk online about our East Midlands regional manifesto, discussing exactly what the Labour party can do for our region;
  • Made it back onto the doorsteps in Loscoe, and talked with a local teacher about both of our experiences in teaching, and how the profession has spiralled since 2010; and
  • Chatted to people in Waingroves about local play areas and increasing primary school class sizes – Labour has pledged to reduce class sizes for all infants and give free school meals to primary children;