Respect launched its campaign centre in the heart of the Sheffield Central constituency last week. Around 70 people came.
Two teams went out canvassing at different times in the constituency last Sunday. Alan reports, “The response was very good. A big chunk of people are voting Respect and an even bigger group are angry at New Labour and open to Respect.
In the afternoon, candidate Maxine Bowler and Yvonne Ridley, who is standing for Respect in Leicester, addressed a meeting of 400 Muslim women.
Respect candidate Nadia Fazal toured three local old people’s homes last week.
Campaigner Shaun Powell said, “We got a really good response. One old gentleman told us, ‘At last there’s an alternative.’ A woman who has worked there for eight years said it was the first time anyone from any party had bothered to come and see the residents.”
Simon reports, “Respect candidate Janet Alder went to the event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Labour MP Bernie Grant’s death last week. She wore her Justice for Christopher Alder T-shirt.
“She has also spoken to representatives of the Turkish community.”
In central London, where Respect is not standing, activists have been going to the Bethnal Green & Bow constituency, where they have adopted a ward, to campaign for George Galloway.
Maddy Cooper said, “We got 15 people there last Sunday and leafleted the entire ward bar a few blocks. We plan to get 30 people there this week.”
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