I was out in the Old Town on Saturday night and the decision to run there is creating buzz. Someone actually said she thought it was “awesome”. Possibly the first (and likely last) time Stevenage Liberal Democrats have been described as such.
And when I was out shopping on Sunday a complete stranger said, “Hello Tim,” That’s something I always find disorientating.
So we are getting somewhere. Next job is to decide a campaigns theme.
I am just off to the campaign kick-off meeting in a pub in the Old Town. In fact, we held most of last year’s Chells campaign meetings in pubs in the Old Town. The Old Town is home.
The more I think about it, the better the Old Town decision is. Team building is our main priority at the moment. So the fact that I know quite a few people who live in the Old Town is another plus. We might be able to build a decent team here.
Everyone I’ve discussed the Old Town campaign with is enthusiastic. The notable exception is Robin Parker, the leader of the Lib Dems on Stevenage Borough Council.
When I last saw him last Thursday, he was still harping on about why he thinks the campaign should be run in Longmeadow and not The Old Town. I do not understand why he is so concerned. He obviously has no intention of getting involved. In an email he sent me he said:
I assume that none of this e campaign will detract in any way from our efforts in Manor and Chells.
But how could we do that? I know they had a leaflet drop in planned for the summer, but I no one I know living in Chells has seen one yet.
And to be completely honest there was no serious campaigning in Manor or Chells until March 2011 for the May 2011 elections.
No doubt all will become clear at the next executive meeting on the 15 September.
The polls are closed and the votes counted in our vote on where to run our e-campaign.
We have a winner in the Old Town.
Thanks to everyone who took part and thanks for the comments, they made interesting reading.
We will be kicking off this mainly electronic campaign over this weekend and look forward to your continued interest. I promise to keep you as up to date as possible, considering anything published online can be read by anyone.
I want to campaign somewhere in Stevenage we haven’t campaigned in for a while. But there are few resources, so this campaign will be highly dependent on e-campaigning.
So I have decided to run an experiment.
I have picked two wards in which we received similar votes at the last election and there will be a campaign in only one of these wards. This will give us a way of testing how effective e-campaigning is.
The wards picked are The Old Town (195 votes) and Longmeadow (196 votes).
You can help by voting on which ward you think I should campaign in and which should be left as the control.
More information on these wards is here.
I have decided to set up an email list dedicated to the Re-launch campaign. Mainly because I do not have the time and resources to send out communications via the mail. Some people will be missed out, but what else is there to do?
This email list will only be used to keep subscribers up to date on the Re-launch campaign and to offer them ways of influencing it. It is a spam free zone.
You can sign up below, be part of the future.
I’ve just kicked off the campaign to re-launch of the Lib Dems in Stevenage. The idea is get the Lib Dems back to be a constituency wide party.
We have three councillors in Manor. In the rest of the town we have no councillors, little campaign machinery, sparse canvassing data and almost no money to spend.
So no problem then. It’s a good job I like a challenge.
This is my opening appeal from the Stevenage Lib Dems web site and Members Newsletter. Continue reading