This week, Weston CLP have been busy with campaigning for the General Election on June 8th 2017.
We have run several successful voter registration drives; including in Weston Town Centre on Bank Holiday Monday,May 1st 2017. You couldn't miss us, with our bright, red gazebo out and about; spreading the Labour message across to potential voters, giving out posters, and providing stickers to our supporters.
Volunteers have been out leafleting in their wards and have received positive responses.
On Tuesday the official announcement of our parliamentary candidate, Tim Taylor, was made public. Tim represented us in 2015 and gained a very respectable second place; the first time since 1970 Labour had came second in a general election in this constituency, We are confident he will do us proud and gain a Labour representative for Weston. We fully expect to better the result this time. Without doubt Labour are now the true threat to the Conservatives in Weston-super-Mare.
On Thursday we carried out canvassing in the Central Ward area of the town. This gave us the opportunity to introduce Tim Taylor as our candidate to the residents for the first time in this General Election; which was very well received.
We have had overwhelmingly supportive and positive comments. Topics raised by the residents included the future of the Weston General Hospital Accident Emergency Department which is under threat of overnight closure by the current Conservative Government, Management of the Towns Open Spaces, and the potential for attracting better jobs to the area.
Saturday, 6th May, saw us put our Campaign Gazebo at the Lonsdale Avenue parade of shops opposite the Healthy Living Centre on the Bourneville Estate. Braving the high winds were a group of eighteen volunteers who, along with Tim and our two Labour Councillors for South Ward, James Clayton and Ian Parker, went canvassing and delivering leaflets around the estate. We discussed concerns about the NHS, employment, and a quite common issue the Bedroom Tax.
Our time spent campaigning has certainly been noticed around the whole constituency campaign; many people have told us how grateful to see us out spreading our message, especially as they have seen little or nothing of our Conservative Rivals.
We need a Labour government, our society needs reforms that will ensure a fair division of resources to everyone, For the Many not the Few. We must ensure our NHS is properly funded and protect our local hospital from closure. We need to encourage firms to bring jobs with a fair wage and reliable hours to our town. People need safe, secure, and suitable properties to live in at a fair rent. We must fight for a free education system for all, not one based on a potential lifetime of debt.
We deserve a local MP, someone who lives in the town with their family, who understands the day to day issues facing everyone in the Constituency. By voting Labour on June 8th you will be making known your desire for real change, an end to unnecessary austerity politics, and you will be supporting a society that works For the Many, Not the Few.