From Faiza Shaheen, Labour candidate for MP in Chingford & Woodford Green: Please come join us for the Unseat IDS weekend with Owen Jones and special guests on Sat 15 & Sun 16 September. We’d value any time you can give us, and don’t worry if you’ve never done door-knocking for Labour before… there will be a training session and lots of old timers to advise! Let’s make this huge!!!
Under the UK’s unfair and illogical First Past the Post system, it’s basically all about the marginal seats – those constituencies with Tory MPs who are at risk of losing. If you’d like to volunteer to help get the Tories out, your help will have most impact if you can go to one of the marginal constituencies on this list.
From The Independent: Hundreds of people are planning to attend an event campaigning for Boris Johnson to be unseated from his west London constituency. The event, which was set up by campaigner and columnist Owen Jones, is set to take place in the Foreign Secretary’s Uxbridge & South Ruislip seat.
From East London & West Essex Guardian: The Conservatives are calling for “help” as over 500 Labour supporters prepare to launch their campaign to unseat Iain Duncan Smith
According to a letter, believed to be from the local Tory association, the MP is preparing himself for a fight from the “hordes of Momentum”.
While IDS increased his vote share by 1.2 per cent at last month’s general election (helped by UKIP not standing) his 2015 majority fell from 8,386 to 2,438. Read more
If it’s your bag, you can sign up to campaign directly for one of the progressive parties, by signing up directly on their website. Here are the volunteering links:
- Labour Party
- Liberal Democrats
- Green Party of England & Wales | Scottish Green Party
- Scottish National Party
- Plaid Cymru
- Women’s Equality Party
There might also be actions in your area (most especially if you live in a marginal constituency) by the Progressive Alliance campaign.
Campaign Together are talking to people, and they want you to join them. They say…
Real-life conversations – canvassing – have the best chance of getting people out to vote. The 2008 Obama Presidential campaign was won by this model of grassroots organising. Working together outside of traditional party allegiances is the best chance we have of defeating the Tories. In the 2015 Canadian elections, progressives worked together across political parties to defeat the Conservatives. And they won.
Canvassing is a voter contact technique used by political organisations to gauge people’s support for a candidate. It’s the party faithful going street to street, knocking on doors and talking to voters. It’s simple and it works.
We plan to harness the power of canvassing on a massive scale. Through our website, phone calls and face to face meetings, we will mentor, coach and connect progressive voters to the non-Tory candidate most likely to win in their constituency. What’s more, we’ve targeted 25 highly winnable marginal constituencies where we know that we can make all the difference.
Depending on where you live and who you would like to campaign for, we will match you up with one of these areas and parties. We are encouraging everyone to look beyond traditional party allegiances – to stop the Tories by campaigning together and making our voices count.
From Mark Pack’s blog: There’s never been a better moment to help the Liberal Democrats (or help a little bit more) than right now. Here then are a few ways you can do just that.
On Facebook? Sign up to this event to show that you are voting Liberal Democrat. It’s a really simple way of spreading the word about how many people are voting Liberal Democrat this time. Having people see that their friends are voting Lib Dem is a powerful way of helping to persuade them to do so too.
You may already be in touch with your local Liberal Democrats, but otherwise, there’s this simple form on the national website.
You can find the party here (Twitter) and here (Facebook), whilst leader Tim Farron is here (Twitter) and here (Facebook). For a bit of extra sass, there’s the Liberal Democrat Press Team or for a mix of unofficial news, there’s Lib Dem Newswire.