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:
5pm, 23rd May – postal 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!