‘There is no unwinnable seat now’ – how Labour revolutionised its doorstep game

From The Guardian: In Battersea in south London, Labour turned a Tory majority of 7,938 into a Labour majority of 2,416, on a 9.1% swing. The new MP, Marsha de Cordova, sounded overjoyed, after what was widely regarded as an especially energetic campaign. “I think for us in Battersea, when I first got selected over there, everyone had it down as an unwinnable seat,” she reflects. “But we had some amazing young talent, people who were willing to be out in serious bad weather at times, morning, noon and night. There was so much enthusiasm around our campaign, it galvanised people – we had a message of hope, and a really progressive manifesto that we could share on the doorstep and be proud of. Battersea is a seat with a lot of inequality, a lot of estates that have been abandoned – I haven’t got the final figures, but turnout on some of our estates, among the more impoverished communities, increased massively. What’s really important is we keep these young people who have been volunteering involved and engaged, and all the CLPs have to be really opening and welcome. But I also want us to look at how we can change the dynamic and do different things to keep them engaged, because local party meetings can be pretty dry.”

That means keeping people such as Ellen Buddle – and it sounds as if the party is on the right path. “I’ll definitely, definitely be canvassing again if there’s another election,” Buddle says. “But more than that, I’m excited to see what Momentum and Labour decide to do in the meantime. I want to get involved in community campaigns – and I can’t wait to jump in and help out in future.”

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