Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saying Thank You - and Saying Goodbye

Over the past few weeks, I've been campaigning with Dari Taylor MP and her team in Stockton South.

They have a hugely impressive set-up - communicating with voters and addressing their concerns is something that happens week-in, week-out, on the streets of the constituency and via telephone contact, not simply at election time.

Last Thursday, I went along to a club in Thornaby, where Dari had hired a room to pay special thanks to party workers who give their time and expertise so selflessly. 9 were presented with framed certificates, and all were thanked.

Sadly, three party workers had died recently - framed photos of them sat on the bar, and Dari spoek movingly about how important they had been to her and to the Labour Party. Their relatives had been invited along, and Dari presented them with personal letters of condolence from the Prime Minister. Gordon attracts a lot of abusive nonsense from opposition politicians and the press, but it's initiatives like this, which obviously gets no publicity, is precisely why I admire him so much as a national leader.

At the end, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Political parties, like any successful organisation, operate at their best when they become like families to their members - that certainly is the case in Stockton South.

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