Respect supporters were out in force at the weekend campaigning in two key council by-elections set to take place on Thursday 14 February.
Respect member Carole Vincent is standing in the Leyton council by-election in Waltham Forest, east London.
She said, “We have now canvassed two thirds of the ward and we are getting a really good response.
“I have been talking to people in the ward and supporting refuse workers and street wardens who have been on strike.”
Kate Lord, who is helping to organise the campaign, added, “We have had a fantastic response from Respect supporters across London – over 60 people were out at the weekend.
“We have had a good response from everyone we have met – there is a lot of enthusiasm for the campaign.”
In the Tulketh ward in Preston, Respect supporters are campaigning for local activist and parish councillor Barry Hill.
Barry told Socialist Worker, “We’ve made some good progress getting round the ward. Supporters have travelled from Manchester and Bolton to help.
“Despite appalling weather, we’ve been out canvassing and talking to people.
“I’ve been meeting a number of pensioners who live in the ward. When you go and speak to people you find out more about their concerns.
“As well as national issues, many people raise issues about the conditions of the local area.”
Waltham Forest Respect is calling on supporters to help out every weekend, meeting Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm at the Desert Rose Coffee Shop Cafe, 401 Hoe Street, London E17.
To help at other times, phone 07010 707 351.
Preston Respect is meeting every Sunday at 12.30pm at Preston Town Hall.
They are asking people from around the country to help out on Saturday 2 February, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February. Accommodation can be provided.
For more information go to » www.prestonrespect.orgor phone 07739 729 214.
Around 50 Respect activists from across London met last Saturday to plan for the city assembly elections due to take place on 1 May. Respect will be standing Lindsey German for mayor alongside a list of candidates for the London Assembly.
Activists discussed how widespread disillusionment among working class Londoners with mayor Ken Livingstone had created a space to the left of Labour.
The Respect campaign will be launched next Thursday 31 January at 7.30pm in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1.