Archive for the ‘Labour Yes’ Category

Help Get Out the Vote in London

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Can you spare some time tomorrow in London? If so we would appreciate as much as time as you can give us.

As you probably know London is expected to have lower than the national turnout due to there being no other elections happening at the same time. Labour Yes is organising a massive ‘Get out the Vote’ operation in London with hundreds of volunteers to make sure as many Londoners are informed and going out to the polls.

If you can spare any time on Thursday, May 5th please contact Amy Dodd on 07530 707515.

Unions say Yes – on the traditional May Day March

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

May Day is the traditional occasion for the Labour movement to celebrate the solidarity of working men and women, and to commemorate previous generations of struggle for a fairer society. From the Chartists to the Suffragettes and beyond, the fight for everyone to have a meaningful vote has been a cause close to the heart of this movement.

And so it is today. Just days away from the first ever UK-wide referendum allowing voters to choose how their representatives are elected, Yes campaigners joined up with the traditional May Day march setting out from Clerkenwell Green. (more…)

David Lammy Campaigns for a Yes Vote in Tottenham

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

David Lammy and Labour Yes volunteers

Volunteers joined David Lammy MP and Labour Yes volunteers to help deliver leaflets and canvas David’s constituency of Tottenham this morning. David’s constituency is one of the most diverse in the countries with residents representing many ethnicities from around the world.

Response on the doorstep was enthusiastic with many people having good knowledge of the referendum and many who intend to vote Labour and vote Yes on May 5th.

Andy Slaughter Campaigns for a Yes Vote

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Andy Slaughter MP was out in his constituency of Hammersmith in West London this morning handing out Labour Yes leaflets and to see the Labour Yes ad van pass through.

Wipe the Smile off Cameron’s Face. Vote Yes.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Labour Yes Ad Van Launch with Labour MPs

This morning Labour MPs, Lords and GLA members came out onto College Green opposite Parliament to celebrate the launch of the Labour Yes ad van in London. The Labour Yes ad van, which will be touring the country up until May 5th calls on Labour voters to ”Wipe the Smile” off the faces of Cameron and Osborne with a Yes vote.

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Yes Campaign Launches National Poster Campaign

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Today the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign launched a new national poster campaign, the posters forgo the negative campaigning being conducted by the No to AV camp and focus on the simple change to AV and its benefits.

Katie Ghose Chair of the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign said:

“A Yes vote will make MPs work harder for your vote. It will cut safe seats. It will give voters more of a say. Politicians like to promise the world. We won’t. AV isn’t a silver bullet; it’s a simple upgrade on First Past the Post.

“We can make politics better, or it can stay the same. That’s the choice on 5th May”

All three posters launched today can be viewed here [PDF].

Video: Trade Unions Say Yes!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Trade Unionists from across the county are planning to vote Yes on May 5th. The civil service union PCS is officially supporting a Yes vote and is distributing thousands of leaflets to its branches. Below, Gerry Doherty (General Secretary of the transport union, TSSA) explains why his union is backing Labour Yes:

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Dossier: How Tories pull the strings of No to AV

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Labour Yes today publishes a dossier which outlines the extensive political, financial and organisational links between the No to AV camp and the Conservative Party.

As we reported earlier, leading Tory voices are already describing a Yes vote on AV as a “dagger at the heart of the party”, and “the most destabilising thing for the coalition”.

The extent of Tory desperation can be seen from the fact that the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been doing the media rounds to parrot false allegations about the Yes campaign he knows to be untrue.

But the critical question that Labour proponents of a No vote need to answer is, why are David Cameron and the Tories – along with their friends in the right-wing press – are running so scared of a fairer voting system?

Would the full weight of the Conservative Party establishment be deployed to fight against reform if they didn’t see AV as a fundamental threat to their political interests for years to come?

Southampton: Yes to Labour, Yes to AV

Monday, April 18th, 2011

John Denham joined a team of Labour Yes volunteers who took to the streets of Southampton at the weekend to campaign for a Labour vote in the local elections and a Yes vote on the AV referendum.
The team received a really positive response from local voters.

Democracy by Machines or Morals?

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Compass have today launched an important contribution to the debate over the stance that voters on the centre-left should take to the AV referendum on May 5th. In the pamphlet, entitled “Democracy By Machines or Morals?”, Compass Chair Neal Lawson argues

Of course all these politicians can see different party advantage in one system or another. But
the real differences between them are much more than tactical – they are cultural. The Yes and No
camps represent a different way of conceiving politics and power. That is why what is at stake
on 5 May isn’t just a different way of counting votes but whether Britain is going to start the process of embracing a new politics or will stick with the old”. (more…)