A ‘beyond the urban’ viewpoint of the climate challenges we face

A contribution to the ‘Challenging Times’ edition of SERA’s New Ground – a non-urban perspective highlighting the challenges of how we do politics and are governed. Labour needs to think through – devolution and localism, particularly in England; Labour’s organisation & offer to non-urban Britain; and how to work with the green groups for the…

Engaging and supporting the new Leadership team

Just a few months before the former Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s ‘One Nation’ conference speech in 2012 I discussed with colleagues the right name for what is now Labour: Coast &Country, we even wrote down  ‘One Nation Labour’ as a part of the route to power in 2015 . . . . . Yet the…

And so the next stage in the journey begins . . .

Sadly it isn’t a journey of engagement with a Labour led government, but a renewed period of opposition – lets hope it doesn’t become unduly introspective as we all endeavour to work out what worked, and what did not – and more importantly what’s required to win in 2020. As a Co-Founder of Labour: Coast…

Plymouth Sutton and Devonport | Target Seat 20

An early train to the South West and we are soon in Plymouth, joining Luke Pollard (Plymouth Sutton & Devonport) and Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Moor View) as they welcome Harriet Harman and the Pink Bus for some local campaigning. They and 30+ activists brave the blustery weather to promote our local conversations with the voters…

Norwich North – the first seat of an overall majority!

Friday and we join a mass of volunteers, the Progress team on their last ‘Final countdown’ campaign days and Jess Asato our candidate.  You can read more about her campaign here. Winning Norwich North and we are in overall majority territory so key to our national campaign as well as giving Labour voice to those who live in a…

Thanet South – A battleground seat if every there was one . . .

Saturday and we joint a different bunch of local volunteers, comrades from Hope not Hate along with Will Scobie our candidate in the fight to see off ukip and their so called leader.  You can read more about his campaigning here. Once upon a time Thanet South wasn’t on our target list.  Now with the departure of the sitting Tory, and…

Milton Keynes South | Target Seat 69

As with many of the new towns created by the Attlee and Wilson governments, Milton Keynes is a very green and pleasant land, with much rural fringe in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, ranging from Stoney Stratford to Bletchley.  It makes for an interesting setting for a huge number of apple trees, dotted…