It was a double dose of campaigning in-between the rain yesterday, in Dulwich and in Fulham.
First off it was out canvassing in East Dulwich with one of my favourite London bloggers, Cllr James Barber. A quartet of helpers – myself, his ward colleague Jonathan Mitchell, fellow Southwark councillor Wilma Nelson and fellow travelling helper Richard Davis – went out knocking on doors about the big local issue, the planned closure of East Dulwich police station. Closure plans which are all rather different from what Boris Johnson was saying just a few weeks ago during the Mayor of London contest – something the literature not surprisingly reminded people of!
It was impressive how many people had heard of their Lib Dem councillor team (Rosie Shimell is the third councillor in the ward). The campaign organiser in me was glad to see the local team ensuring we were fully supplied with stickers and also very keen for all sorts of different pieces of information to be collected as we went round.
Then it was off to help Paul Kennedy in his by-election over in Hammersmith and Fulham. As the local Lib Dem website reports:
Paul Kennedy is the only candidate in this election who lives in the ward. He is in fact the only candidate who lives in SW6. Paul came second to the Tories here in local elections in 2009 and in 2010, when he won more than 1100 votes. Trained as a scientist and a lawyer, Paul has lived with his family in Barclay Road for 22 years, and both his children have attended local Lady Margaret School. Paul is a supporter of the London Cycling Campaign, the Lady Margaret Music Society, the National Trust and the Green Liberal Democrats.
It’s on Thursday in Town ward and details of how to help are on Flock Together.