Shamik Das


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Campaigning in Islington with James Purnell

Campaigning-with-James-Purnell

I WAS out in Islington today helping Labour’s St. George’s ward candidates Alex Smith, Jessica Asato and Gary Heather collect signatures for the campaign to save the Whittington Hospital and its A&E department.

The response on the doorstep was really positive, with many residents - regardless of political affiliation - signing the petition. In terms of voter ID-ing, again, the response was very encouraging, a lot of Labour supporters, nothing like the portents of doom portrayed by pessimistic bloggers and the national media.

Among the fellow canvassers was man-of-the-moment James Purnell, one-time Islington councillor and until recently resident in the borough, who announced he was standing down from parliament yesterday. It was great to see him!

twitter.com/shamikdastwitter.com/lucyopenshawtwitter.com/richard_wattstwitter.com/jimpurnelltwitter.com/jessica_asatotwitter.com/alexsmith1982twitter.com/annaturleySt. George’s LabourReplyRetweettwitter.com/anthonypainter

Also out, in addition to James and the candidates, were Tollington ward councillor Richard Watts, Lucy Openshaw, Anna Turley and Anthony Painter - described by AP as a New Labour “campaigning dream team”.

I couldn’t agree more! :)
Next Saturday, the campaign to save the Whittington steps up a gear with a midday demonstration from Highbury Corner to the hospital with Islington Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry.

For more information check out these links:

Save the Whittington Hospital Campaign website
Alex and Jess’s St George’s Labour Party blog

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