Three groups of members went knocking on doors around Bell Lane this morning – once the thunderstorm had passed through! (We found ourselves sheltering from the storm alongside Dan Poulter and his team in the local coffee shop.) A wide range of issues came up on the doorstep – pensions, wages and employment rights, the NHS, immigration… As well some solid Labour support, we also found a fair amount of indecision, and mistrust of the Conservatives, with some former supporters seriously considering Labour this time.
Shoppers at the two co-ops in Eye had a chance to talk to Labour candidate Elizabeth Hughes this morning. A number of local members came along to support her and talk to voters too.
Elizabeth Hughes and just some of the CSNI members who joined her campaigning in Eye today
The Parish Council hosted a hustings event on Thursday evening. It was addressed by Labour’s Elizabeth Hughes, Liberal Democrat Aiden Van Der Weyer, and Green candidate Regan Scott. Conservative Dan Poulter sent a written statement.
Candidates, and chair Garry Deeks, at the public hustings Fressingfield Primary School
What a contrast to Thursday evening’s downpour! Glorious sun in Framlingham market square and plenty of interest from passers by. Elizabeth Hughes chatted to voters and we heard political discussions taking place on café forecourts and around the market stalls. Thank you to the group of members who came along to hand out leaflets and talk to people about the Labour manifesto.
Just some of the members who were out with Elizabeth in Framlingham Market Square on Saturday 20th May
We’ve been campaigning all week – and haven’t been deterred by a bit of rain! Knocking on doors in Whitehouse on Thursday evening with Elizabeth – plenty of positive responses.
Elizabeth Hughes and CSNI campaigners – damp but not dispirited!
Members and supporters from Central Suffolk & North Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal constituencies enjoyed a delicious ‘afternoon tea’ and raised over £650 for our local general election campaigns.
Labour candidates Elizabeth Hughes (CSNI) and Cameron Matthews (Suffolk Coastal) joined us. They made admirably short speeches of introduction, and answered a range of questions (health, education, housing). There was real enthusiasm in the room for the ambitions emerging in the draft manifesto. And encouragement to get Vote Labour posters up and visible everywhere. (Contact us if you want one)
Candidates and supporters outside Brandeston Village Hall
Elizabeth Hughes meets members of CSNI Labour Campaign Team on May 6th, to start planning her campaign. Details of campaign plans are on the Elections page.
Thanks to the local members who put themselves forward as candidates in CSNI and overlapping County Divisions, some 6000 people chose to vote for Labour candidates in our Constituency. Across the County the number of Labour votes rose by around 2000, but the share of the vote was down by a couple of percentage points.
Labour held all but one seat in Ipswich but fared less well around Lowestoft. UKIP votes appear to have gone en masse to the Conservatives.
You’ll find full details on the County Council election website.
Members from CSNI and Ipswich Labour Parties with candidates in Whitton and Whitehouse, canvassing for the Suffolk County Council elections.
CSNI members gather to go leafleting for candidate Becky Patten (right hand side) in Kesgrave on Thursday evening, 20 April.
Becky and her fellow candidate Helen Clarkson have been campaigning enthusiastically in recent weeks in Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrews, supported by a team of local members. They’ve been getting a warm response from local residents.