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    February 2015    


This year is looking good for Labour in Woking. We have the Liberal Democrats on the run and showing a huge loss of support locally and nationally, and the Tories have lost 50% of their membership across Surrey. And in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections of November 2012, Labour came second across the whole of the county.

We are convinced the time is right to contact all those sleeping Labour voters out there, who have been voting tactically, and all we need to help us do it is YOU!

The Executive Committee cordially invites you to come to Owen House on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6 till 8pm, for an initial 30 minutes' training on voter ID if necessary, before going out doorstepping with an experienced canvasser. If the weather is too awful then a phone-bank will operate, so don't let the rain deter you from coming. Canvassing will continue right up to Election Day on May 7th. There is no need to ring first. Just come. Most people are quite happy to answer a few questions and to say if they have any problems we can help them with. One-to-one contact with voters wins many more votes than leafleting alone.

Imagine how good it will be if we can double our vote in Woking this year – or even more? Just think: every vote for Labour will help to get Ed Miliband home and dry in Number 10 and Labour values at work again. The working poor will have a chance to earn enough for a decent standard of living. Fair taxation together with adequately-supported benefits and public services will raise productivity, stimulate the economy and reduce that national debt.

Fighting to give Labour more SAY locally is the other reason why we exist, and winning more Labour councillors in Woking is essential. We have some very good candidates standing this year.

Fundraising Appeal

We are in urgent need of funds this year as the elections are a double-whammy needing double publicity costs. Although we won the High Court case against electoral fraud in Maybury and Sheerwater last year, the time and energy needed to collect and collate all the evidence effectively took us off fundraising for a year.

Our Executive Committee therefore has a proposition to make…

We will be distributing 26,400 leaflets for the Borough elections at a cost of £700, and General Election publicity will need 40,000 leaflets for a cross-borough run delivered free by Royal Mail but costing a further £2,000 to print.

A contribution of just £10 will pay for nearly 400 A3-size leaflets. Not a lot to ask? Please send £10 TODAY to support our campaign! Write a cheque to Woking Labour Party and send it to Paul Blagbrough, Chairman Woking CLP, Charnwood, Horsell Park, Woking, GU21 4LY. THANK YOU!!

Labour Autumn dinnerPaul Blagbrough, our Chairman, speaking to a good mix of all ages at the Woking Labour Autumn Dinner on November 20th. Guest of honour and speaker at the event was Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden.

Help needed for Saturday street stalls in town centre!

Woking Labour Parliamentary Candidate Jill Rawling will be running a street stall on February 21st, March 21st and April 25th, in Commercial Way near Foxton's. Help us give out leaflets on poverty wages, the NHS, sky-high rents etc. Jill is also planning surgeries in Goldsworth Park and Westfield as part of her General Election campaign. The first confirmed event takes place at Moorcroft Centre, Old School Place, Westfield, Woking GU22 9LY on March 21st (Saturday), 10am-12 noon. Come along and tell her how she can help you with any local problems.

Finally, Jill needs strong support at the hustings and the Q&A session in Woking listed below. Come and join in, and maybe even put some useful questions yourself.


Dates for your diary

All at Owen House unless otherwise shown

February 12th (Thursday), 7.30pm, Alpha Road Community Hall, Maybury Estate
Residents' meeting on the run-down state of the Princess Road shops. With advice from a council officer, Parliamentary Candidate Jill Rawling and local election candidate Tahir Aziz.

February 18th (Wednesday), 8pm
Annual General Meeting preceded by Executive Committee at 7.15pm to which all are invited. NB: There will be no EC meetings in March or April to assist with maximum canvassing.

February 21st, March 21st and April 25th, 11.00am-2.00pm, Commercial Way, Woking
Saturday street stalls in Commercial Way (by Foxton's). Help us give out leaflets on poverty wages, the NHS, sky-high rents etc.

March 21st (Saturday), 10am-12 noon, Moorcroft Centre
Jill Rawling holds a local surgery in her General Election campaign (see above).

April 16th (Thursday), 6.30-8.30pm, WWF Centre, Brewery Road
Hustings organised by the Federation of Small Businesses.

April 23rd (Thursday), 8pm, Christ Church, Jubilee Square
Hustings organised by Churches Together.

May 1st (Friday), 7.30pm, H.G Wells, Woking
News and Mail Q&A for Parliamentary Candidates, with Eagle Radio, organised by Woking Chamber of Commerce.

  Woking Labour Constituency Party, Owen House, Heathside Crescent, Woking, Surrey GU22 7AG.
Web: www.wokinglabour.org
Chair: Paul Blagbrough (chair@wokinglabour.org)
Secretary: Tom Crisp (secretary@wokinglabour.org)