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Is this your first polling day or are you a seasoned pro? Regardless of how many times you have campaigned before, these tips from NEC Youth Representative Jasmin Beckett will help you have a successful polling day.

How long does a polling day operation last?

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm on polling day in the UK. However, a typical polling day can start at 6am with an ‘early morning leaflet drop’ – this is when we deliver leaflets to people’s doors so that when they wake up they are quickly reminded it is polling day.

After this the team will usually grab a quick breakfast and at around 10am we start knocking on our first doors. The purpose of polling day campaigning is to knock on the doors of people who have told us they are Labour voters, that’s why you may hear members calling it ‘get out the vote’ (GOTV).

Campaigning will then go on until around 9pm when we knock our final doors. If you are not comfortable knocking or are unable to due to an access issue just let the organiser know and they will be able to set up some phone banking (calling voters) or leafletting for you.

Also, just because we campaign from 6am – 10pm on polling day it doesn’t mean you have to stay for all of it, some members come for an hour after work and others stay for the whole thing. Do as much as you feel like.

Where shall I campaign?

Deciding where you campaign is crucial. Do you have a nearby target seat? It is so important to have Labour activists campaigning in key seats on polling day as they can be won or lost based on getting Labour voters out. Check with your CLP secretary or regional office where your local target seat is.

Can I organise campaigning on polling day?

If you run a local Young Labour group or you are a CLP youth officer, then get in touch with other young members by setting up a youth focussed Facebook campaign event or group. It’s often daunting for new members to have to turn up alone so letting them know a friendly face will be there may encourage more to come along.

However firstly search on your local party’s Facebook group or your MPs page before setting this up as you may find there is already a campaigning plan in place.

Never campaigned before?

If you are new to the #LabourDoorstep then do not fear, let the organiser know on the day and they will team you up with an experienced campaigner who will show you the ropes for your first few doors.

What should I bring?

Here are some things you may want to bring along:

-          Water

-          Sun cream (depending on the season)

-          Snacks (high energy snacks are best)

-          A backpack

What should I wear?

There are no specific requirements but wear sensible clothes to ensure you are comfortable when walking around all day.

Summer polling day:

-          Sensible shoes - like walking boots or trainers

-          A water-proof jacket (such is the British summer…)

-          An umbrella

Winter polling day:

-          Sensible shoes - like walking boots or trainers

-          Layer up, if it’s very cold wear as many layers as possible

-          A fleece

-          Hat, gloves and a scarf

-          Water-proof coat

-          An umbrella

-          Extra socks!

I hope you have found these tips useful for a successful polling day, you can share this with other young or newer members who may want to know what to expect prior to campaigning.

Now let’s get out there and win for Labour, the stakes have never been higher.

 

 

 

 

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Christianah Babajide, from Havering Young Labour in London, writes why she is encouraging young people to register to vote and to vote Labour in the General Election on June 8th. 

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For many young people, mainstream politics feels out of touch, irrelevant and disconnected from their lives. That was until the backlash from Brexit. June’s referendum result left many, mostly the younger generation, disappointed and feeling remorseful that they hadn’t voted. While we can’t turn back time, we can prevent voter’s fatigue and apathy next month. On June 8th 2017 we can change the leadership of this country and shape a better Britain. For many of us, this will be our chance to take charge of our future in higher education by voting in a General Election, which is why it is even more important to make sure it is a choice we do not regret.

The reality facing Britain today: Tories cut the services and living standards of many, to fund tax cuts for a few, this reason alone, is why I will be voting Labour.

I am convinced the Labour party understands what Britain needs to succeed and their policies soothe the young people today – who feel that life is going to be harder for them than it was for their parents. The Tories and Liberal Democrats have betrayed an entire generation of young people, while Labour offers a better future in comparison and cultivates policies that won’t just benefit the privileged. The Labour Party carries everyone along and doesn’t discriminate against the poor.

Here are 3 big reasons that young people should vote Labour:

  • Education 

Labour propose a new National Education service, properly funding education from early years to post-16 education. They strongly believe in investing in education so that young people have the chance to succeed in life. Tories scrapped the requirement for teachers to be qualified; Labour urges all teachers to get qualified and build their skills throughout their careers, thus improving the standard of education for young people.

  • Security in Employment

A world of unemployment and inequality is one of the main concerns post-Brexit. Only a Labour Party will prioritise the economy and protect the benefits which guarantee jobs and help British businesses to thrive. Nearly half a million Scots currently earn less than the living wage; the Labour Party propose introducing a real living wage of £10 p/h.

  • Better Society

The Tories reckless approach to Brexit is putting millions of jobs at risk and jeopardises workers’ rights. However, instead of a country run by the rich, the Labour Party advocates a better Britain where all citizens can lead richer lives through the means of creating educational opportunities for all and providing safer neighbourhoods. As Jeremy Corbyn said in his first major General Election speech last week, “we will build a country for the many, not the few."

As an individual living in Barking and Dagenham borough, I am obliged to question what the Tories have ever done that has benefited me or anyone in my area. Our area needs strong safe leadership, something I am adamant the Labour Party can provide. Two years ago, Barking and Dagenham put faith in Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, to represent our community in Parliament. His record speaks for itself, since then, he has helped Queen’s hospital out of special measures, saved Dagenham Police from closure and helped 20,000 residents over the last two years. For the indigenous residents of Dagenham and Rainham, a vote for Jon is a vote for stability, strong public services, decent pensions and continued improvement. If ever there was a time to vote Labour it is now.

Many thanks to Christianah for this piece! Find the full original piece at: haveringyounglabour.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/why-im-voting-labour-and-you-should-too/

Make sure your voice is heard by registering to vote by May 22nd, registering takes just two minutes! And if you’re away or doing exams on June 8th, register for a postal vote!  https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Fancy campaigning in Barking and Dagenham for Jon Cruddas? Join the Young Fabians on their campaign day on Sunday May 14th, at 11am, meeting at Dagenham East tube station. Facebook event here.

Christianah: why I'm voting Labour

Christianah Babajide, from Havering Young Labour in London, writes why she is encouraging young people to register to vote and to vote Labour in the General Election on June 8th. ...

Labour_rosette_(2).jpgYoung members can often be put in a box and told we are the future, but why wait when we have young members with talent now? Young members are not the future we are the present and you can make a real difference today by applying to be a candidate for a parliamentary seat.

On 21st April applications will open to Labour Party members to put themselves forward to stand as a parliamentary candidate in June.

These seats will include seats from which sitting MPs have retired from and seats where we currently don’t have a Labour MP.

We often talk about the importance of young people participating in politics but when it comes to things like encouraging young members to stand for parliament we seldom practice what we preach.

That is why I want to put out a message to encourage young members to take the ultimate part in our democracy; you must be 18 or over and have 12 months continued membership to apply. If selected, you will be required to campaign hard for a Labour victory for the next 6 weeks on the doorstep.

Being a parliamentary candidate whether that be in a marginal seat or an unwinnable is also fantastic experience as you will be able to learn how a parliamentary campaign is ran. Even just going through the selection process is helpful if you see yourself as running for Parliament in the future.

Proper representation means having people from all backgrounds and ages in our Parliament, young people in the UK can often struggle to see past the benches of older white men and are put off from politics because of this.

Labour having young people standing as candidates will send the Tories a message that we are not prepared to just sit down and put up with Tory austerity targeting young people. We want to get out and fight for a £10 living wage, free school meals for all school children and an economy that works for the many and not the few.

So if you see yourself as a candidate in this general election, do not be put off by being told you are too young, Parliament needs people from all ages to be able to represent the country.

You have until Sunday 23rd April to apply to stand for Labour. What are you waiting for?

Jasmin Beckett

NEC Youth Representative

@Jasmin_Beckett

 

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