Keir Starmer

weekly update 10 May

Well the Labour campaign really kicked off this week. I was with the Shadow Cabinet in Manchester on Tuesday for the official launch, where we set out the main policy pledges for the election.

Manchester, of course, was only one of my stopping points: Labour HQ has been sending me to key marginals all over the country, so in the last ten days or so I have joined great Labour teams and candidates in Leeds, Grimsby, Burnley, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham and I type this diary on the (delayed!) train to Hove to campaign there.

Back in Holborn and St Pancras, we have been getting great teams out not only every evening but also for action days at the weekend. We had two big teams out on Saturday in Highgate (thanks Olly and Katy for refreshments and lunch!) and smaller teams in other wards. Thanks to all – it was great to see you and be with you. Last week I did the Kentish Town evening canvass; today when I get back from Brighton, I will be with the Camden Town team. If you can join us for the next action day on Saturday, at 11 and 2 o’clock in Bloomsbury & Kings Cross (meeting at 21 Downing Court) it would be great to see you. I am happy to chat to anyone in the margins of these campaign session about the campaign.

We have strong local themes here in Holborn & St Pancras: supporting our excellent local schools and fighting for proper funding; ensuring the NHS is properly resourced and led; standing with our local communities facing disruption, damage and pollution of every conceivable sort; air quality, including the promotion of a Clean Air Act; and, of course, housing, housing, housing ...

Although we ask a lot of you, if anyone can get to help Tulip Siddiq in Hampstead and Kilburn, that would be great. A team from Holborn and St Pancras will be meeting at 11am by Kilburn Park Underground, and at 2pm outside WHSmiths on Kilburn High Road.

Finally, our campaign is powered by many small donations from our wonderful members. Go to our donation page if you can spare any money to help us buy some of the leaflets, posters, and everything else that keeps our campaign going.

Thanks again for all your help and see you on the campaign trail.

All best,