This week just gone was a busy week. I spent a large part travelling around London talking to party members about my campaign and taking calls from those who had seen my leaflet and wanted to know more.
On top of that each night last week there was a different hustings for all of the candidates. On Monday we were in South West London in Twickenham followed by Tower Hamlets on Tuesday. Wednesday evening saw us talking to members in Ealing Southall and beyond. Thursday’s hustings were again down in South West London – in Mitcham and Morden. We rounded off the week with the Labour Movement for Europe hustings on Friday evening, courtesy of the GMB who let us use their headquarters near Euston.
On Saturday it was my own CLP’s selection meeting (in Bermondsey and Old Southwark). Congratulations to Neil Coyle, who becomes our PPC to beat Simon Hughes in 2015! The venue was absolutely packed and highlighted to me what we have been seeing as candidates as we tour local Labour parties across London. The party is alive with debate and – crucially – a hunger to win. The desire to debate issues, reach out to new voters and to talk openly about the kind of politics we want is striking.
We might have a job on our hands convincing absolutely everyone to vote Labour, but we’ve got a party which is not only unafraid to debate how we do it but which has a membership full of people willing to rise to the challenge.