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‘Everyone can help Respect in this campaign’

Ghada Razuki from the Respect national office looks at what Socialist Worker readers can do to help the Respect campaign

Issue No. 1946

With the general election date set for Thursday 5 May, we really have to step up the campaign. We have four weeks to reach as many people as possible.

One of the things that it is really important to get across to people is how much they are able to do individually.

If you work, you can organise a hustings at your workplace to introduce your local candidate.

If your kids go to school, your local candidate could meet the parents at the school gates. And if your gran visits a local drop-in centre, you could organise a meeting there.

Sometimes people can think that it’s only the big meetings that matter. But the most important thing is for the candidates to meet as many people in the constituency as they can.

The majority of voters don’t make it to the big political meetings—we need to go out to meet them.

Even if you don’t have a Respect candidate standing in your constituency, there is still plenty you can do.

Find out which constituency yours is twinned with and help with their street stalls and leafleting. Hold some fundraising events in your area.

Respect needs its supporters to do as much as they can—we can make a real difference to the political landscape of this country. And we have four weeks in which to do it!

To take the example of the Newham campaign, we are asking people to go to the Respect office on weekdays from 5pm onwards.

We will be canvassing and leafleting tubes and mosques. At weekends we will meet at 11am at the office for stalls, canvassing and leafleting.

If people are free outside these times than there is plenty to do and the office will be open. We have work for people any time, day or night.

Tea, coffee and refreshments are available for people at the office.

Respect Newham office details: 16 Stuckley Road, Forest Gate, London E7. Five minutes walk from Upton Park tube. Phone 020 8470 6213 or 07958 450 867.

Respect website: www.respectcoalition.org


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