To all members,
I wish all of you a happy, peaceful new year and every success for the party in 2016.
Your Executive Team is already working on your behalf and will be reporting back to you for our All Members Meeting on January 21st 7.30pm. Julie Gelson our secretary will send out to all more details on venue, agenda etc. but we are planning interesting speakers and different ways of involving members.
As Campaign Organiser I am starting door knocking sessions as follows;
Sunday 3 January, 3pm – 4.30pm Charles Dickens Ward to support our candidate Stephen Morgan
Saturday 9th January 10.30am to 12pm St Thomas Ward to support our candidate Sumel Chowdhury
Saturday 16th January 10.30am to 12pm Fratton Ward
Saturday 23rd January 10.00 to 11.30am Nelson Ward
Any members who live in the above 4 wards please come and join us and advise on the local issues we need to be addressing. The sessions are open to all members to come and join us. We always work in pairs so you will shadow an experienced canvasser and sometimes we come together at the end for a debriefing in a local hostelry.A good turnout for canvassing sessions always makes great photos for the opposition to worry about!
We intend building small teams around the candidates in wards (called co-ordinators for election rules purposes) and we still have vacancies in some wards. We will send out to you what wards we need to fill with the criteria for applying.
Meanwhile if you live in Charles Dickens ward please get in touch with Stephen Morgan our candidate for the ward as Stephen is running his own campaigns, such as the petition to save the Guildhall Walk Medical centre. I am sure he will appreciate your help.
My thoughts for city wide campaigns are around the public services cuts such as adult social care, mental health, domestic violence, the hate crime unit, and closing 3 Sure Start centres. The staff are crucial to these services because of the vital, trusting relationships they build with the users and their families. These are job cuts we can’t afford for the long term health and wellbeing of city residents.
We are also facing job cuts at the dockyard again and need to challenge the government’s strategy for ship building in the city.
This is a flavour of a short and medium term strategy for our party so come on board, get involved and input in any way you can. We are here to listen.
Chair of Portsmouth Labour Party