Thoughts on Labour in #GE17

Here’s a dump of thoughts on Labour right now. I’ve taken my first step on being active to help out, but thought I’d write up my thoughts quickly on the state of play. More notes for myself than useful

  1. Crap. We didn’t get the Midlands. I helped, and apparently didn’t help enough. We’ve all had a “dry run” and whoops, we didn’t do well. How can we mobilise more Labour peeps to do stuff? The “sign up to a campaign near you” is a bit heavy for some of us. Not everyone feels comfortable in social situations. Not everyone feels prepared to sell Labour on the door steps. Can someone make a list of actions please for Labour introverts… My leafleting was pretty good for that…

2. Labour’s #GE17 policies are being knocked out the park, well done. But there’s a quad-partide of things to balance here.

  1. How will the party action / manage #Brexit? What plan / result do we have?
  2. What awesome GE policies do you have?
  3. Can someone take the micky out of Corbyn leaving please, he’s not. But for charity he needs to pretend to do something so it moves the conversation on.
  4. MONEY. How do we sell trusting Labour with cash cash cash.

4. Using cool tech to grab attention and skip showing what the news channels only want to show.

  • Can we get Corbyn into the hands of the people? Can we attach a BlippAr thing to our leaflets please, so a bit like Leia in StarWars, leaflet openers get to see Corbyn talking and pumped up. Explaining to people why he’s awesome. We skip the news channels then, and get Corbyn into the hands of the people using a fun tech.
  • Can we re-record the same thing to get Corbyn into a 360 video on YT?
  • Can we re-record it and get him in a Google Cardboard thing talking?
  • Can he do a day in the life of Corbyn Instagram Stories thing, I’d love to see people chatting with him and him selling the good stuff

Anyway, it’s just thoughts. Comment and trash away 😀

What would spur the 500,000 into action?

There’s strength in numbers, but as I explored / mused recently in Vanity metrics, are the Labour membership numbers really that strong?

Recently on the Labour Party Facebook page there has been a flurry of polls and conversation. And it made me wonder where are the Labour Party’s touch points for debating and ultimately calling on us to take unified action? Do these conversations lead to people leaving their chairs and taking action?

We have 500,000 members, but at any one time can we spur more than 5% them into action?

Emails, my guess is that emails are the most reliable form of making initial contact with them majority of numbers, but I wonder if their resulting action/goal is actually even close to 10%?

The Facebook Page has apparently 600,000+ members, however any one discussion won’t see more than 200 interactions for a poll, or maybe 25 replies on a conversation.

Again, when we look at the ward meetings in certain CLP space, we see at best 10 from membership of 600, showing how few people actually take part. It seems this assumption may be true, according to Keith.


Is the party as strong as it actually believes it is? Following up on the vanity metrics post, are we in dire need of addressing our touch points for conversing, and ultimately leading to action.

I believe there’s strength in unified action, but if we aren’t all interacting in the same place and leaving our armchairs, maybe there isn’t that much strength stored up?

Is the party as strong as it actually believes it is?

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Creating Value from your Ward meeting

Just got my first post approved on the Labour Party Facebook Group, huzzah.

It’s to understand what other people see as good value activity in their regular ward meeting. Also, it’s to follow up on the top activities and comments to see if we can start eeking’ value from the meets.

Honestly I expect people to say they’d like to do more actionable activities and see JC occasionally (that’s what I want), however we’ll see!