The latest edition of Germinal (June 2017), including Brussels Labour memories of Julian Priestley and an update from the general election is available here
Following its 7 June branch meeting, inviting members of the French Parti Socialiste to share views on the French Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Brussels Labour welcomes Labour’s gains in the 8 June general election.
During the branch meeting, entitled “A tale of two parliaments; the elections in France and the UK and what they could mean for Europe” attendees discussed the elections in both countries.
The results of the election show Theresa May has no mandate for a reckless Tory hard Brexit. Labour’s gains show the demand for a progressive, hopeful and positive government, which only Labour can deliver.
Brussels Labour calls for a Brexit that takes the views of the 48% of the population who voted to remain in the European Union into account, and don’t wish for a destructive and divisive hard Brexit.
Finally, Brussels Labour would like to thank all those party members and activists who fought so hard for these significant parliamentary gains for the Labour Party.
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Theresa May’s announcement of a general election on the 8th June was a call to action for many Labour members, who, once it was approved in parliament, were able to get out on the doorstep and start canvassing.
But living abroad means we can’t decide to go campaigning on a moment’s notice, so for Labour International Members, and also those Labour members in the UK who can’t get out on the doorstep for whatever reason, here’s 8 ways to help Labour win this election
A small amount can make a big difference. For example, just £25 helps Labour reach about 1,000 people with a short video.
2. Share your skills
Everyone has their area of expertise. Whether you can write articles, design graphics, make podcasts, or give tips on public speaking or using social media, offer your skills to the campaign.
3. Support others
If you can’t get out on the doorstep, you can still support those who do. Give advice to new people canvassing for the first time, supply tea and biscuits after the session, offer some tips and encouraging words to people feeling drained from campaigning
4. Complete the Manifesto survey
It doesn’t take long to do at all. You can fill it out here: http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/shapeourmanifesto/
For those of us wanting a stronger line on Brexit, here’s the policy adopted at conference:
5. Social media
Use Facebook or Twitter to reach out to others, especially outside of the echo chamber. Talk about politics, the news, the latest Marr show and persuade people to vote Labour
If you need any tips for how to use social media for campaigning, have a look at what others are doing or get in touch with your local party.
6. Write letters to papers
Local papers have a different audience to online media. Make sure to write in and tell people why they should be voting Labour.
7. Get people registered
These are the deadlines you need to know:
- 22nd May – deadline
5pm, 23rd May – postal vote
- 31st May- proxy vote
5pm, 8th June – emergency proxy vote
Make sure everyone you know has a vote!
If you can’t get out on the doorstep, but still want to talk to people, why not go to a phone-banking session? It’s a great thing to do, and if you’re a first timer, don’t’ worry, you’ll get guidance and a script.
Of course, if you can get out on the doorstep, please do! You can leaflet if you don’t want to canvass, but if you decide to go door-knocking, you’ll get a script and you can ask to get guidance from people that have been out before.
For Brussels Labour members reading this, we’ll be campaigning on the 20th May and the 3rd/4th June weekend, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
- 20th-21st May
- 27-28 May
- 3-4 June
Brussels Labour is also looking at other ideas to help support the campaign from Brussels and hope to announce something a the next Branch meeting on 26th April (see the post below for details)