Having spent much of yesterday afternoon and evening in Wirral West, as one of the many people there helping the local Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood get elected, I decide to go back to the constituency today, as I take a day off from all forms of working.
Today I’m reflecting on my happiness that Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters did such a good job and reintroduced ‘being yourself’ into a political system where that’s been thoroughly yet pointlessly discouraged for years.
I’m not reflecting on who might or could form the next government. Because even though the next government might attempt to be formed today, it’s too soon really. All of the politicians, and half the population, will have been up much of the night. And so are too tired to think really.
I have never come up here and not felt renewed by the place. Calmed, stilled, at peace.
At peace now from the gnawing worry mixed with wild optimism of the week. Would Labour get slaughtered, might there be a Tory landslide, how would people survive after that? Up here now I’m happy that a very great deal has been done to alter how British politics gets done. The young people, many of them out on the streets with us yesterday, came out and engaged and voted like never before for a sea change. From shore to shining shore they weren’t prepared to have their lives ruined and controlled by a system they hadn’t been asked about. And their time has now arrived.
I walk down the hill happy to help with whatever comes next.✹
Not a day for walking across to them though. Not today. I wasn’t up all night, but it was around 2am when I turned my light out.
And buy Sarah some local lamb from Roberts the Butcher there. Lamb reared on the salt marshes inland from here.
Then I go to where we all were yesterday. So many of us from Liverpool joining in with the Labour campaign in Wirral West. The candidate defending a majority of only something over 400 votes.
I only did yesterday and my appearance here was particularly tied to pies!
My friend and Coming Home Liverpool partner Jayne Lawless has been canvassing in Wirral West since the election was called. And noticed how hard it was proving to keep fed with so much work to do and often so far from any shops. So Tuesday evening she had an idea. On Twitter. Wondering if it might be good to take ‘some’ Homebaked pies over, specially for General Election Day?
Before long Jayne and Sally-Anne Watkiss from Homebaked were encouraging us all to ‘sponsor’ a pie or several pies, by buying them in advance, to be baked and then taken over to our nearest marginals by the likes of me, volunteer drivers for the day.
In the end a total of 210 pies were taken to Wirral South, Chester and here at Wirral West.
Margaret increased her majority to comfortably over 5,000. And in fact each of the Labour candidates in the ‘pie constituencies’ won.
So you really can’t go wrong with a Homebaked pie. Known match winners at Anfield and Goodison, they’ve now proved they can help win elections!
But seriously, two lovely and completely different days in the same place. Thank you Wirral West.
✹ Two days later, still inspired by my experience of the Wirral West Constituency I have rejoined the Labour Party. Happy to help the young people change the world they’d been led to expect