We lost, but we learnt
Sadly, Labour lost the recent by-election in Maybury & Sheerwater to the Tories. Assisted by a great team of Labour members and supporters, our candidate Stephen Tudhope (right) worked tirelessly to contest the seat, and is to be congratulated on a well-run campaign.
But it wasn't enough – the Conservative vote was shored up by disaffected LibDems transferring their allegiance from the party that used corruption to win the seat in the 2012 election.
At a post-election debrief in Owen House last week, it was clear that one of the surest winning strategies is to have a candidate in place well in advance of an election. This gives plenty of time to meet residents and get updated on the local issues.
So it's now all hands to the pumps to find Labour candidates for upcoming elections. We need strong candidates for all of our target key seats in Woking. And, looking further ahead to 2015, we also need a prospective Parliamentary Candidate as soon as possible for the next general election.
Could you be a councillor? We look for candidates who are not afraid to speak up loudly for their residents at Council meetings and get things done. Or could you be a PPC and stand against the irrelevant Woking Tory MP Jonathan Lord, who has only voted against his own party three times in nearly 800 parliamentary votes?
The next meeting of Woking Labour's Executive Committee is on October 23, when we'll start the process of candidate selection. These meetings are open and any member or supporter is welcome to attend or speak. So come and be a part of the ongoing planning process – and if you'd like to put your name forward, please contact Acting Secretary Tom Crisp at email@example.com or call him on 07971 805884.