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As Vice Chair and Campaign Coordinator for Northeast Hertfordshire CLP, I was delighted with our results across North Herts District Council. We took a ward in Letchworth and took control of Letchworth Area Committee. We took another ward in Hitchin (where I was the parliamentary candidate in 2015) and took control of Hitchin Area Committee. We saw dramatic swings to Labour in a number of wards.

But I was born in Nuneaton and my family is from Copeland. So I know we have our work cut out to win power in parliament.

We need to take our policy-making process out of SW1A and our political conferences out of WC1B and closer to the people whose support we need to win. Good policymaking starts on the doorstep listening to the complexities of people’s lives and we need practical solutions that will deliver real and lasting transformation for their families and communities.

But, above all, voters on Keir Hardie Avenue are looking to us to defeat the Tories and reverse their policies in parliament. We cannot let them down.

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Campaigning in Baldock Dismantling the North Herts Blue Wall: Lessons from Baldock and Royston

If anywhere defines the “blue wall” it’s North Hertfordshire. Bucolic towns and villages with fast and direct trains into the Square Mile as well as to Cambridge and the Silicon Fen. This is the heart of the Home Counties and it’s a commuter’s dream. This is where the Tories should be weighing votes not losing Council seats.

Yet here on 5th May, Labour won nine out of eighteen seats up for election with the Tories losing two seats each to Labour and the Lib Dems.

Most strikingly, Labour gained Baldock Town and Royston Palace. These are “blue wall” places even by North Hertfordshire standards. Historic market towns with coffee shops and ancient pubs, good schools, and character cottages. Labour came third in Baldock as recently as 2019 coming behind the Lib Dems with a mere 321 votes – more than 600 votes behind the Tories.

What on earth happened? Well, we think it’s quite interesting and provides important lessons to the Labour Party nationally. Do Royston woman or Baldock man really provide the keys to Downing Street? (more…)