How does it work?
It is simple. When an MP, party group or individual is raising money they need to follow these three simple steps:
1. Choose an early selected PPC or marginal seat in the southern regions that you want to help
2. Decide whether to donate either at least £2 per ticket, the money from a raffle or an auction prize to the PPC/seat of your choice
3. Email Progress (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Southern Front (sking1970[at]btinternet.com) to get sent the kitemark and start promoting your event.
We will then help you advertise the event through our daily email bulletins, website and twitter.
Supporters of the ‘Fightback fundraiser kitemark’:
Andy Sawford, PPC for Corby and
‘Our fightback in marginal Corby and
Lucy Rigby, PPC for
‘If Labour wins
Sarah Owen, PPC for
‘Winning seats like
Andrew Pakes, PPC for
‘The road to Downing Street runs straight through the M1 belt which contains our key target seats, like in
David Ellesmere, PPC for
Clive Lewis, PPC for
‘It’s imaginative ideas like the kite mark initiative that are going to make the difference between having a Labour government or not in 2015. Marginals like Norwich South face a constant dilemma: save for the short campaign or spend now on building up our community campaigns and local presence. Fundraising is therefore crucial. The kitemark will be a major boost.’
Cllr Joy Squires, PPC for
My early selection here in
Frequently asked questions about the ‘Fightback fundraiser kitemark’:
Who will the fundraiser help?
Seats we have selected early: Thurrock,
Seats where selections currently under way: Dover & Deal,
Other top 100 key marginals:
Does the money go through Progress or Southern Front?
No. All of the money raised at an event is sent directly to a marginal CLP of the fundraiser’s choice.
Why are only the southern regions benefiting?
They aren’t – early selected PPCs are an important part of the scheme and they include candidates in the west Midlands, east
But we also need to recognise that the three southern regions are underrepresented by Labour MPs, and the fundraising opportunities are sparse. Our biggest gains in the 2012 local elections were areas where we have a sitting Labour MP or one nearby. By supporting PPCs in southern seats, incumbent MPs are part of the vital efforts to set Labour on the path to government.
What is the state of the party in the south?
The Labour party currently has just 10 MPs across the south of
How do increased funds help?
Money doesn’t win elections, activists do. Our activists do incredibly hard work on the ground, even in the seats which we don’t always win. But one of the biggest obstacles to getting the Labour message out in marginals is lack of resources during election campaigns – and we can’t always compete with Tory money. The money raised through the Fightback Fundraiser scheme, which could be a couple of hundreds of pounds or more, will help us start to level the playing field.