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Hi,

This summer I have spent almost twelve weeks in Scotland with the Better Together campaign. Over those weeks campaigning to keep Scotland a part of the UK I’ve had some great experiences and met some wonderful voters, being asked in for tea and a blether on countless occasions.

alec.jpgA lot of people like me, from other clubs in England, have come to volunteer in what is the most historic vote of our generation. The reason I chose to spend my summer campaigning in Scotland is simple. It’s central to my values as a member of the Labour Party that we achieve more together than we achieve alone, that stands true for the nations of the UK as much as for ordinary people.

When I first arrived in Edinburgh I was a bit apprehensive. How was my English accent going to go down on the doorstep? I needn’t have worried. It was fine and, in fact, it’s been an asset, allowing me to give a different perspective on the issues that voters are wrestling with. Scottish Labour and Better Together have made volunteers from England like me feel so welcome – and I wouldn’t swap the experiences I have had this summer for anything.

Even if you can’t make the move up to Scotland for the final weeks (though if you can you should, the campaign is great and the food is even better!) you can still get involved in this historic moment.

You can join Labour Students from across the UK in Glasgow on the 13th and 14th of September HERE

This is our last chance to ensure we don’t lose our Scottish comrades, our last chance to ensure a fairer, united Britain moving forward together - don’t miss it! 

Alec James

Labour Students Vice-Chair Events & Communications 

My Summer in Scotland

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Since we launched the Organisers Academy a couple of weeks ago we’ve had a lot of members getting in touch with questions, so we thought we’d write a blog answering some of the most frequent questions we’ve been receiving, as well as setting out why you definitely don’t want to miss it!

 

1) Is Summer Training still happening this year?

This is Summer Training; we’ve just given it a General Election re-brand. We decided that this year we wanted to offer something more campaigning focussed so that Labour Students are all geared up for what is going to be an exciting year on the campaign trail.

2) So what’s different?

Summer training usually has a very broad scope of workshops available, but this year we’ve really tried to focus on how you can turn yourself and your club into brilliant Organisers for the election. We’ve also added a more practical element with a mock polling day, so you won’t be sat in rooms being talked at for a whole weekend.

3) I Have lots of doorstep experience – do I need to come?

Labour Students are already fantastic campaigners, you only need to ask a PPC who’s on their campaign wish list – but we want you to be even better. As well as running a board, we hope that by the end of the weekend you will be able to run a committee room, organise a press stunt, and be well-versed in how to persuade 50 Labour Students that they want to spend a month on a Battlebus!

4) I’ve never knocked on a door before, is this event for me?

Yes absolutely, we’ve got workshops to cater for everyone so if you don’t think you’re quite ready to use Contact Creator, then you can learn how to run a board instead! At every national event there is always a good mixture of new members and old-timers so y

5) Sounds like hard work, am I actually going to enjoy myself?ou won’t be on your own. Plus our lovely National Committee will be working hard to make sure everyone gets the most out of their weekend.

Yes! We’ll be honest, the training is going to be quite intense at points but so will the General Election, and we are working hard to make sure it’s a hell of a lot of fun too. The mock polling day is going to be like no other polling day you’ve experienced before, with lots of surprises along the way, and at the end of it you will be 

rewarded with an amazing results night and big party on the Saturday!

We hope we’ve managed to answer all of your questions. You guys have the opportunity to be leaders in this General Election, and we want you to be equipped to do it.

If you’re still unsure do feel free to get in touch and we can chat to you a bit more about the event. If not, what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket here and get ready to become a Labour Students Organiser 14/15!

 

Thanks, and see you in London,

 

Finn, Grace and Brad

Why you should come to the Organisers Academy

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