Back by popular demand.......
Sorry not to have posted in a week but I have been very busy, here goes with the latest instalments.
As is the usual case, independent Labour Party members from outside Liverpool, St Helens this year, interviewed would-be Labour Councillors for Liverpool to assess them for suitability to be included on a panel for wards to select from for next year's elections. In a spirit of reciprocation, members from Liverpool then interviewed St Helens party members over two weekends
I was part of the interviewing team on both Saturdays and it was very interesting, meeting these enthusiastic people who want to champion their local areas. Some of the would-be candidates were putting their names forward for the first time, as well as sitting councillors asking for the chance of a further term and the standard was high. We were impressed with a couple in particular (who shall remain nameless) and we look forward to watching their stars ascend, as they surely will. One guy has just moved to St Helens from Liverpool, definitely our loss and their gain.
The results in St Helens were better this year than some pundits suggested, although not as good as we would have liked, hopefully this new panel of candidates will go some way to restoring our fortunes.
Their offices are fantastic, I envy them their light airy rooms which they share in an extensive suite with their two MPs.
I get a great deal of pleasure out of meeting LP members from across the region and it gives lots of opportunity for sharing of best practice campaign ideas in particular.
We also got to eat some great cake thanks to Alan's mum, thanks very much!