Month: January 2015

Three seats challenge on tour

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Three_Seats_Advert_Online_banners_TWITTERJoin us as the three seats challenge goes on tour, in partnership with Progress, during the February half term (15-21 February 2015). Each day a new challenge in a new region, two challenges in one day in Wales. We will start canvassing in each at 10.30am, 12.45pm and 3pm.

Everyone is welcome – it promises to be fun, inclusive and will make a huge number of conversations as we try to make this Conservative-led government a one-term government.

Here is where you can get involved:

Sunday 15 February

1. Jo McCarron – Kingswood, target seat 41
2. David Drew – Stroud, target seat 16
3. Sophy Gardner – Gloucester, target seat 38

Register here


Monday 16 February

4. Joy Squires – Worcester, target seat 47
5. Rebecca Blake – Redditch, target seat 100
6. Jess Phillips – Yardley, target seat 54

Register here


Tuesday 17 February

North Wales
7. Alun Pugh– Arfon, target seat 45
8. Mary Wimbury – Aberconwy, target seat 82
9. Chris Matheson – City of Chester, target seat 44

Register here

South Wales
A. Mari Williams – Cardiff North, target seat 4
B. Jo Stevens – Cardiff Central, target seat 97
C. Chris Elmore – Vale of Glamorgan, target seat 63

Register here


Wednesday 18 February

10. Adrian Heald – Crew and Nantwich, target seat 86
11. Julia Tickridge – Weaver Vale, target seat 17
12. Nick Bent – Warrington South, target seat 22

Register here


Thursday 19 February

13. Paula Sherriff – Dewsbury, target seat 21
14. Jamie Hanley – Pudsey, target seat 26
15. Veronica King – Elmet and Rothwell, target seat 59

Register here


Friday 20 February

16. Lucy Rigby – Lincoln, target seat 18
17. Léonie Mathers – Sherwood, target seat 5
18. Kevin Gillott – Amber Valley, target seat 11

Register here


Saturday 21 February

19. Daniel Zeichner – Cambridge, target seat 103
20. Suzy Stride – Harlow, target seat 81
21. Wes Streeting – Ilford North, target seat 83

Register here

All are welcome, bring a friend and training is available for new campaigners.

I hope you are able to join us, we look forward to seeing you on the #Labourdoorstep.

The Lab3seats tour in being done in partnership with Progress.

‘This is how you do it’

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Lab3seats founder Richard Angell talks exclusively to Tessa Jowell MP at the end of her first #TessaTriple

As 2013 was coming to an end a group of friends and I were sitting discussing life and one mutual friend’s recent achievement. They had just completed the three peaks challenge, a slightly barmy activity where people climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. ‘Imagine if there was a Labour doorstep version’, we joked. The laughing soon stopped and in early 2014 we organised the first of what has become a regular occasion. Not only has #Lab3seats – as it has become known – become a regular part of the Progress calendar as we near the election, many others have taken up the idea. Both Young Labour and Dan Jarvis MP have done their own three-seat challenges.

One year on from the initial challenge and Tessa Jowell is following suit in what Twitter has dubbed a #TessaTriple. I talk to her about why she decided to take up the idea of the three seats challenge? ‘I think three seats is what you can do in a day while giving a good chunk of time to each constituency and it is a very good way of engaging people who perhaps have not got a close relationship with their own constituency; or perhaps living in a Tory constituency, [allowing them] to feel they can be part of the great tidal wave of optimism in the party’. She goes on, ‘it is our contribution to making Ed Miliband the prime minister of our country’. Read the rest of this entry »

Lab3seats January 2015: The Greater Manchester challenge

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Winning the 14 key seats in the North West could play a major part in returning the Labour party to government. In the run up to the short campaign there will be three monthly Lab3seats challenges led by top MPs covering the majority of these seats. The first of these challenges in being led by Andrew Gwynne MP.

Sunday 25 January 2015

09.30: The Lab3seats challenge will be setting off from central Manchester (please get in touch if you would like a lift or plan to drive and can offer spaces)

10.15: Meet in Bury North on the corner of Kirklees Street and Market Street, Bury, BL8 3NJ

10.30: On the #LabourDoorstep for James Frith (PPC for Bury North)

12.00: Hit the road to Manchester Withington (sandwich lunch provided en route)

12.45: Meet in Manchester Withington outside the Co-op on Mauldeth Road, Withington, M14 6SR (5 min walk from Mauldeth Road train station)

13.00: On the #LabourDoorstep for Jeff Smith (PPC for Manchester Withington)

14.30: Hit the road to High Peak

15.15: Meet in High Peak at Gamesley Primary School, Grindleford Grove, Glossop, SK13 6HW

15.30: One the #LabourDoorstep for Caitlin Bisknell (PPC for High Peak)

17.00: Finish and drinks before heading back to Manchester

Join us for one or all sessions – register here – and contact Kevin Peel on kev.peel@gmail.com or 07507 559 598.

We have some spare seats in the Lab3seats people carrier if you want to join us – get in touch with Kevin to book your seat!

Tessa’s tripple seats challenge

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Inspired by Lab3Seats, Tessa Jowell MP is leading from the front for Labour’s 2015 general election push in London by kicking off a series of Three Seat Challenges – leading a team of activists to campaign in three key marginal seats on the same day.

Tessa’s first campaign day is on Sunday 18 January, and she would like to invite you to join her – she’ll be in key marginals Enfield North, Hornsey and Wood Green, and Hampstead and Kilburn. If you can make all or even just part of the day you’d be very welcome – RSVP to Pete Robbins 07734 882363 peterobbins@tessajowell.com 

Sunday 18 January 2015:

Meet 10.30am – Enfield Chase rail station

1. Enfield North – campaigning for Joan Ryan PPC
Meet 10.30am – Enfield Chase rail station

TRAVEL – 12.30 train from Enfield Chase to Alexandra Palace (arrive 12.42). Sandwich lunch provided on the train!

2. Hornsey and Wood Green – campaigning for Catherine West PPC
Meet 1pm – Alexandra Palace rail station

TRAVEL – 14.57 train from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park, then tube to Belsize Park.

3. Hampstead and Kilburn – campaigning for Tulip Siddiq PPC
Meet 3.30pm – Belsize Park tube station

POST-CAMPAIGNING DRINKS (from 5pm)

RSVP here.