I was contacted by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, who asked all local candidates what we think about cycling issues specific to their ward
You can read the responses on their website.
Here’s their blog post: Election candidates being surveyed
It’s the weekend before the election on May 4, and we’re getting everything ready for the day – including sorting out computer and printers for our Committee Room, arranging lists of volunteers to help on the day, and putting our final leaflet together to deliver.
This campaign has been an extraordinary experience for me, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team of people, including my campaign manager, George, whose energy, insights and sheer dedication have made all the difference. The Labour Party is built on cooperation, and I’ve enjoyed helping out with other campaigns around Cambridge and been grateful for the help we’ve received in Trumpington.
And on Friday we’ll know how it went.
On Sunday April 24th we were joined on the canvassing trail by Martyn Ware, well known as a member of Heaven 17 and a founder of The Human League – it was great to have his support speaking to people in Trumpington, especially as the snap General Election has given our campaigning even more importance!
One of the things that people often raise when we’re out canvassing in Trumpington is bin collections – whether it’s because the new schedule means that collections or missed or because of problems with bin lorries getting into some of the newer developments.
Having rubbish pile up is a real problem, and the City Council puts a lot of effort into making sure this doesn’t happen – but sometimes things do go wrong.
You can report a missed bin collection using the City Council website – there are also details of service changes and other useful information that may help. See https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/report-a-missed-bin
(image Sebastian Ballard [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
There are many good things in the just-launched 2017 Cambridgeshire County Council Manifesto and you can read them all on the Labour group website.
However the one area I’m most excited about is the section on Environment and Climate Change, which I helped on. It’s a great statement of what Labour could do with a stronger voice on the County Council.
Environmental concerns and dealing with climate change are at the top of the Labour Party’s agenda, illustrated by our support for reduced car use and better public transport, energy efficiency throughout the county’s properties and a reduction in the county’s carbon footprint. We will pursue sustainable green policies throughout the County Council. We will pioneer plans to cut emissions from buses and taxis.
One-third of Cambridgeshire is below sea level and the County Council’s refusal to take the risk of climate change seriously threatens property and livelihoods across the county. Labour will support a comprehensive strategy for the management of flooding and draught conditions across the county. We believe in renewable energy and we will encourage organic practices throughout the County Council’s extensive farms estate.
A Labour County Council would:
It’s been a busy day.
This morning I was at the community hall on Lichfield Road for the launch of the Labour Party manifesto for the Cambridgeshire County Council elections. It was great to be with so many of my fellow campaigners and activists – and friends – and to hear from Councillor Ashley Walsh and our MP Daniel Zeichner.
You can read the manifesto on the Labour website, and it’s great to see that food policy, sustainable development and an active engagement with the effects of climate change all appear prominently as these issues matter a lot to me.
After the launch we were off to canvass in Queen Edith’s, and this afternoon we were in my ward, Trumpington – so I’ve walked a lot and talked to a lot of people. Tomorrow we’ll be out again, and I may be knocking at your door!
My campaign posters have arrived and are ready to be distributed. It will be strange to see my name in people’s windows – but I am looking forward to it and to the rest of the campaign.
If you haven’t yet registered to vote on May 4 you have until April 13 – the website is very easy to use.