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I forgot to say – A 600% increase in the Labour vote

06.29.08 | 2 Comments

I got my NEC voting papers in yesterday.  It was really nice at the back of the publication to see a few examples of Labour winning, and winning well, at local level.  The examples included Oxford, which I know all about from Antonia’s blog and followed with interest, and other ones I was less familiar with like Bridgend.   From my own neck of the woods I could have mentioned Liverpool, and there are other good news stories around where local Labour activists get on with doing what counts, and win seats because of it.  Well done to all of them – they all have a story to tell, a story we should be listening to at somewhat bleak (national) times like these.

 That reminded me that I’d never really covered my own ‘trend-bucking’ victory last year on this blog.  I did do an ‘internal’ report on it just after, as I thought adding 600% to the Labour vote in what had been statistically just about the least ‘winnable’ seat in my area might provide some pointers on how to go about local activism, but the report very quickly got buried and forgotten – perhaps because I don’t live in a very high profile area, perhaps because at the District level we didn’t buck the trend. perhaps simply because people higher up the Labour hierarchy than I’ll ever be didn’t want to be bothered by small fry stories when they had their own views on how it should all be done and the PR to go with it.  It’s nice to see that changed a little bit in the publication.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here is a quick review of how I won Bickerstaffe ward in West Lancashire.  I hope it’s of some use.  If not, no great harm done as it’ll just be ignored again.

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