Standing up for Croydon North
Over the last month I have volunteered to create a couple of Labour Party by-election videos for the Party’s YouTube and website. The first one, for Andy Sawford in the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election was released three weeks ago for the election that took place on Thursday. The second was for Steve Reed in the Croydon North by-election and that was released yesterday for the election on the 29th of November. These two videos are very different, not least because the constituencies themselves are very different. The Corby constituency is an area split between the rural villages of East Northamptonshire that traditionally vote Tory and the old steel town of Corby that tend to vote Labour. Croydon North, however, is an entirely urban seat and the demographic of voters is very different. Despite that there is a general consensus on the key issue that matters most to the people of both Corby and Croydon. It’s the same issue that remains the number one concern for people across the UK and that issue is employment. In Croydon unemployment is far higher than in any of its neighboring constituencies and youth unemployment has doubled. With the Tories neglecting Croydon residents in the town hall, city hall and Whitehall, these people need a champion who will be a voice for them in this time of difficulty.
Travelling to Croydon and going street to street with Steve and Labour activists really showed me the strength of our Labour movement. Not only by the huge support for Labour on the doorstep, but also by the hundreds of people who flock from around the capital to campaign in the constituency for the election. It gives an activist like myself quite a warm feeling to drive down a high street and see that every other shop has a Labour poster in the window. Not just because it shows that the local people support the party and the candidate, but because it shows a community that has faith in the political system and that apathy is not a disease that has spread to all corners of society.
Malcolm Wicks was a fantastic MP for Croydon North, it comes with great regret to the people of the constituency to know they have lost such a strong voice in Westminster. To match this quality in Parliament would be difficult even for the best of politicians. But having campaigned with Steve over the last couple of weeks I am certain that he will carry out his duties as the Member of Parliament for Croydon North with his utmost determination for the local people. As the leader of Lambeth Council he has shown great leadership in introducing schemes such as the Living Wage. I can see that Steve will be a champion on pushing forward more schemes like this in Croydon once he is elected MP on November 29th.
Below you can see the video for the Croydon North by-election. In this election a strong Labour result will come down to turnout, for turnout to be high we must get people talking to make sure they know when they need to cast their vote. Please share it to help spread the word for Steve: