Thursday, 14 April 2011
Co-operative Party 1000 Challenge
For the last month the Co-operative Party has been giving over its HQ in London Bridge on Tuesday nights for phone canvassing. I’ve been making calls on behalf of candidates in Plymouth and volunteers giving up their Tuesday nights to call voters in Devon has already identified new Labour voters, helped us sign up new postal voters and allowed us to highlight local failings of our Tory Council.
Now, the campaigning boffins at the Co-op Party have hit upon a new wheeze to entice some of London’s thousands and thousands of Labour members help campaigns across the country on polling day by posing what can only be described as a mammoth challenge: can we make 1,000 contacts in one night on the phones?
Telephone canvassing is a great way of reaching voters and quickly but 1,000 contacts is a lot of phone calls. That kind of effort is what helps swing seats in Labour’s favour on polling day by giving canvassers the information they need to get out the vote.
On Tuesday next week, I’ll be joining volunteers from London in calling marginal seats across the country. We already have volunteers signed up to call marginal seats in Plymouth, Brighton and in key battleground seats in Scotland. Can you spare an hour of two and help the Co-op party hit its target of 1,000 contacts in one night?
It is a big challenge but one I think we can achieve it. Can you help?
Sign up to attend on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=123180437758977
Luke Pollard was Labour’s candidate in South West Devon at the last General Election. He lives in Plymouth but works in London during the week.
Posted by Stuart King at 07:44