The People’s Pledge has finally broken through and our first campaign in Thurrock is what made the difference. Now the national media are starting to take us seriously. Just this week we have been featured on page 2 of the Telegraph, a paper that normally ignores the In/Out referendum issue, and yesterday our Director, Ian McKenzie, was on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme.
In Thurrock in April we achieved a stunning success with a turnout of over 30% of people who voted by nine to one in favour of a referendum. In the local councils elections a month later the turnout was only 24%. In Aveley ward where our biggest vote was recorded, the Conservatives lost the seat to UKIP yet the Leader of the Council, John Kent, came out for the People’s Pledge the weekend before his polling day and the Council went Labour.
Three-up in Greater Manchester
We have now hugely escalated the campaign and are doing three constituencies all at once in Manchester Withington, Cheadle and Hazel Grove. Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley & Broughton, and David Nuttall, Conservative MP for Bury North will launch the local campaign at the campaign’s local headquarters in Cheadle on Monday. We would like you to come along. If you are unable to attend and would like to find out more or help the campaign, please contact email@example.com ring 07723540114.
The task for this triple campaign is highly ambitious in effort and financial terms. We need help with both. If you are within travelling distance of Cheadle and can help out delivering, canvassing or working in the office please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org