At last some sunshine! Yesterday, I was combining campaigning for the European elections with two local council by-elections which are taking place at around the same time.
In the morning, I was in Brambles Farm in Middlesbrough working with Len Junier's team knocking out Labour voters. It was one of those curious sessions where the Westminster allowances issue wasn't raised once, and Labour voters seemed genuinely keen to come out and support Les. The result was a clear win for Labour, which finished with three times as many votes as any of the other parties.
Then it was on to Stainton Grove and Barnard Castle, where Labour's Sharon Longcroft is a candidate in the Barnard Castle East by-election that will be fought on the same day as the European poll. The best contact of the afternoon was with a young couple who were incensed by the BNP party political broadcast the night before - as the young mum observed, "They said they weren't racist at least 10 times, so it's obvious that they are!" In the house was also their friend from a neighbouring street who wasn't registered to vote. Of course, it's too late now for the elections next week, but she wanted a registration form sending out to her so she too could support Labour at future elections and help beat the BNP.
We were happy to oblige!