My statement to be shortlisted as a Labour candidate in the 2018 local election

I applied to be shortlisted as a Labour Party candidate in the 2018 local election in the Noel Park ward in Hornsey and Wood Green. I lived in this ward and served as Noel Park Branch Labour Party’s chair between 2010 and 2012. My parents still live in Noel Park. Below is my appplicant statement sent to members of Noel Park Labour Party.

About me: My personal journey has shaped my passion for public service. I moved to Haringey with my family from Bangladesh at the age of 12 and went to a local school, Langham School (now Park View Academy). I lived in temporary accommodation for seven years moving to different parts of Haringey until the Council allocated my family a permanent house in Noel Park.

I read law at university. After my graduation, I worked in Haringey as a community organiser for four years. Then, I worked for a few years in the Cabinet Office as a legal adviser. After this job, I trained to become a solicitor at an international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. I currently work at the London Law Practice. I live in Tottenham Green with my wife and our two children. My wife is a doctor at North Middlesex Hospital. You can read more about me on my blog: www.khaledmoyeed.wordpress.com.

Community Organiser: I am particularly proud of the work I had done in Haringey in the early years of my career as a Project Manager of Haringey Peace Alliance. I delivered projects to improve community cohesion. By way of example, I set up the Haringey Faith Forum, delivered a project to rehabilitate ex-offenders and organised the annual Haringey Week of Peace involving different community groups.

Community activism: I have always been active in my community and have a 20-year track record of volunteering to help the local community, for example, I served as a trustee of Haringey Race & Equality Council and as a governor of Risley Avenue Primary School. In 2010, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office selected me to take part in a study tour of China representing Haringey as a future leader.

Labour activism: My journey as a Labour activist began in Noel Park where I served as chair of the BLP between 2010 and 2012. I rejuvenated the ward after helping to elect three Labour councillors in 2010 where there was only one Labour councillor before. It is now one of the safest Labour wards in Haringey. I recently served as chair of Tottenham Green BLP where I am now the elected secretary. I am also Tottenham CLP’s BAME Officer and was elected as its delegate to Labour’s annual conference this year.

My priorities: Having grown up in council housing, I am opposed to regeneration projects that enforce gentrification and social cleansing. I also oppose development vehicles that put public land into private hands. I am committed to building more council homes to tackle the housing crisis. This is consistent with Labour’s current policy under Jeremy Corbyn whom I voted for as leader in 2015 and 2016.

As a champion of community cohesion, I will fight for polices to ensure that disadvantaged sections of the community are not neglected such as what happened at Grenfell. Finally, I will work towards a cleaner environment, because poor air quality kills 10,000 people in London every year. That is, 16 deaths from each ward that can be prevented!

Why me? Being a councillor is a big responsibility. The Council is the biggest employer in the borough. It has 63 primary schools and 12 secondary schools. It has a significant annual budget and its population of 268,000+ people rely on its services. I have demonstrated through my accomplishments in life that I have the skills and the ability to take on this huge responsibility. I also have the passion and the drive to go the extra mile and come up with innovative solutions to tackle the housing crisis, for example.

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My speech at the Labour Party Conference 2017

I was honoured that Tottenham CLP’s General Committee members elected me to be their delegate at the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton between 24 and 27 September 2017. It was my first Conference and I had the most remarkable few days of listening to and participating in various speeches, debates and discussions. I felt privileged to be a part of a vibrant and energetic grassroots movement and as Jeremy said, “We are on the verge of power”.

During the Conference, there were opportunities for delegates to go up on stage and speak on various topics such as housing, the NHS, state of the economy and education. You had to put your hand up in the air or waive like mad for the Conference chair to notice you and call you to the stage. I had stood on my chair spinning my red jumper like a ceiling fan, but failed to get noticed by the Conference chair.

However, below is the speech I would have given on the welfare of doctors in the NHS.

Sisters and Brothers, I am Khaled Moyeed, a CLP delegate from Tottennham.

I am going to talk about the severe stress that is placed on NHS doctors because of the serious underfunding and under-resourcing of the NHS.

The closure of hospitals and A&E departments means that patients go to nearby hospitals where doctors are having to work even longer hours to cope with the increased demand.

This is a topic that is very close to my heart because my wife is a junior doctor. She works as a Senior House Officer in a London hospital. Week in week out, I see that the stress and fatigue from overworking is having a serious impact on her physical and mental wellbeing.

There are days when she is on-call and have to do 14-15 hours shifts without any breaks for eating and drinking. And she has to wake up the next day and do it all over again.

I see the exhaustion, burnout and health problems she suffers as a result of her work as a doctor.

Brothers and sisters, I am not here to speak to you about the problems that my wife has at work. I am speaking up on behalf of the families of thousands of hardworking doctors up and down the country who are having similar levels of stress.

A recent survey of junior doctors by the Royal College of Anaesthetists found that 64% of junior doctors said that their job affected their physical health and 61% their mental health.

Many doctors are leaving the profession and moving abroad to work in places like Australia and the Middle East.

This is an utter disgrace. We are the fifth richest country in the world and we do not even fund our NHS adequately so that our doctors can be looked after properly.  

Conference, it will not be the Tories who will fund the NHS and defend our doctors. We saw the first ever strike by junior doctors in the history of the NHS under the Tories. And I am proud of comrades in our movement who supported the junior doctors’ strike.

Brother and sisters, we know that the Tories want to systematically dismantle the NHS through austerity and deep cuts.

And we have heard from speaker after speaker in this conference that austerity is a con. It is a lie. It is an ideological dogma to create a smaller state.

They tell us that there is no money and yet they can find a £1billion top bung the DUP and save Theresa May’s job.

Conference, if there is money to save one person’s job, there is money to properly look after thousands and thousands of doctors who are the backbone of our NHS.

Brothers and sisters, do you think there was money after the second world war when our country’s infrastructure was totally destroyed? But a Labour government in 1945 had the courage and the vision to set up the NHS. It is our movement’s biggest achievement. And it is up to us to defend our NHS and fight for our doctors.

My election as Tottenham Constituency Labour Party’s BAME Officer: 26 July 2017

At the AGM of Tottenham CLP, I sought election to serve as its BAME Officer for 2017/18. In total, 16 branches (9 wards and 7 Trade Union/Affiliate Branches) participated in the nominations process. At the AGM on 26 July 2017, the general committee members elected me overwhelmingly to serve as Tottenham CLP’s BAME Officer.

Below is the speech I gave to the general committee members seeking their support.

Sisters, Brothers, Comrades

Good evening!  Let me introduce myself.

I am currently secretary of the Tottenham Green ward, which is where we are right now. I am a solicitor by profession and a community organiser. I have been living in Haringey especially Tottenham for the last 23 years. I moved to Tottenham in 1993 with my family from Bangladesh as a 12-year-old boy.

The role of the BAME officer in Tottenham is important, because our Party locally is not representative of the community in which we live. For example, it is certainly a problem that we are not engaging with sufficient numbers of working class people of colour from our council estates as Labour Party members, when the Haringey Development Vehicle is the most contentious issue locally. 

So, I have a plan to increase the participation and engagement of people from ethnic minority communities.

In Tottenham Green, we elected a BAME officer in the recent AGM: a local activist called Bhavini.

I would like to work with the other branches to elect or select a BAME officer in the coming months. Once BAME officers are in place, the first thing would be to engage with people from ethnic minority communities who are already Labour Party members and encourage them to become more active. Secondly, we will actively seek out opportunities to recruit more members from various under-represented groups to join the Labour Party.   

Eventually, we want to get to a position where we would be able to ask for a quota to increase participation, like we have with the requirement that 50% all GC delegates and branch officers must be women. A similar sort of positive discrimination measure will help to increase the participation of members of colour.

Thank you and I would be grateful for your vote.

My election as Secretary of Tottenham Green Branch Labour Party: 5 July 2017

I am a grassroots Labour member and have always been involved in the organisation of Party activities at ward and constituency level. I was elected chair of my ward (Tottenham Green) at the 2016 AGM and served in the role for a year during which time we had a Labour leadership contest and the general election in June 2017.

With a reinvigorated Party after an extraordinary election campaign, I sought a new challenge. I stepped down as chair and stood for the role of secretary. My ward members recognised the hard work and dedication with which I had carried out my duty as chair and duly elected me to the role of secretary. Below, I reflect on some of the activities I oversaw as chair of the ward.

I chaired five monthly ward meetings. Among the issues discussed were: Wards Corner Regeneration, youth crime (talk by Jack Duncton), Haringey Development Vehicle (Q&A with Cllr Alan Strickland).

I helped to organise campaigns locally for David Lammy’s re-election as MP and also contributed to campaigns beyond Tottenham. I went to campaign for Clive Lewis in Norwich South, Chris Williamson in Derby North and Tulip Siddiq in Hampstead and Kilburn to name but a few.

Throughout the year, I coordinated engagement with new members – vast majority of the ward’s members joined in the last two years since the rise of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Party. I organised a networking session for new members on 2 November 2017 and set up a WhatsApp group for new and old members to interact informally.

I also contributed to the following fundraising events putting vital funds into the coffers of Tottenham Constituency Labour Paty:

  • Tottenham CLP Christmas Party on 9 December 2016 raising £358 (thanks to Dr Fiona English, Vice Chair and Marta Gave, Treasurer)
  • The Snap Election Quiz on 5 May 2017 raising £411.

A-Z of Theresa May: more weak and wobbly than strong and stable!

At the start of this election campaign, Theresa May boasted repeatedly that she was “strong and stable”. Soon, she became a laughing stock, because she was anything but strong and stable. In this piece, I bring you A-Z descriptions of Theresa May.

She introduced the Dementia Tax. She is awful and appalling.

She likes foxhunting – killing foxes for fun. She is backward and barbaric.

She wants to take away universal winter fuel allowance which may lead to thousands of deaths annually.  She is cruel and callous.

She said that her Dementia Tax U-turn changed nothing. She is dishonest and deceitful.

Thousands of disabled people have died after DWP declared them fit for work, which she supported. She is evil and egregious.

She was too scared to debate Jeremy Corbyn head to head. She is feeble and failing.

Her support of NHS cuts led to 30,000 deaths. She is ghastly and grim.

She supported the bedroom tax. She is hateful and horrible.

She has overseen the worst Tory election campaign ever. She is inept and incompetent.

She has already alienated other EU partners with her silly posturing. She is juvenile and jeopardy.

She lied about opposition parties sabotaging Brexit. She is a “Liar Liar”.

She wants to take away infants’ lunches. She is mean and malicious.

She introduced the rape clause for mothers claiming benefits for a third child. She is nasty and nefarious.

She calls herself a “bloody difficult woman”. She is obnoxious and offensive.

Again and again, she does not answer questions put to her. She is pathetic and pitiful.

Nurses are having to use foodbanks under her watch. She is reprehensible and repulsive.

She puts her own career before anything else. She is selfish and self-serving.

She sought to exploit the recent terror attack by making policy announcements when campaigning was supposed to be suspended. She is terrible and two-faced.

She told lies about not calling a snap election but called a vanity election in the end. She is untrustworthy and untruthful.

Her government has denied disability benefits to 165,000 people. She is vicious and vile.

She is a U-turn queen who flip flops and collapses at the first sign of gunfire. She is weak and wobbly.

As home secretary, she sent “go home vans” in areas with high ethnic minority population. She is xenophobic and a zealot.

I have made the above into a YouTube video.

Tories’ desperate smears against Corbyn on security

On the eve of the election, the Tory attack dogs in the tabloids (the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express) have unleashed their most vicious smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn yet. This reeks of utter desperation from a Tory election campaign that has been woeful and lamentable. According to the Tory leaning Spectator, it has been the worst Tory election campaign ever.

The Tories have been so inept and incompetent that they can’t even run a smear campaign against Corbyn properly. On the one hand, they call him weak on security for being a pacifist, because unlike May, he will not readily press the nuclear button killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in one go. And on the other hand, they say that he is a terrorist sympathiser. How can he be a pacifist who renounces violence and a terrorist sympathiser who promotes violence at the same time? The Tories are so desperate that they are not even making any sense.

The facts are as follows. Corbyn spent his entire political career promoting peace and bringing an end to violence around the world.  He voted against the Iraq war, UK’s intervention in Libya and bombing in Syria. Theresa May voted for all three. Corbyn has been proven to be on the right of history as these interventions in the Middle East have raised the terror threat both in the UK and abroad. The ex-MI5 boss, Baroness Manningham-Buller, for example, had said that the Iraq invasion substantially increased the terrorist threat to the UK.

A vote for Corbyn is a vote for peace and an end to foreign wars. A vote for May will be a threat to our safety and security at home and abroad.

At home, May cut police numbers and she was warned by the Police Federation that it will increase risks of terrorism at home. We saw in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack that 1000 armed soldiers had to be deployed on our streets because of the police cuts. This was a failure of May when she was a home secretary. David Cameron’s former strategy chief put the blame for the recent terrorist attacks on May as he tweeted, “Theresa May responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester, Westminster Bridge. Should be resigning not seeking re-election”.

Abroad, Theresa May is building a coalition of risk with Donald Trump. Like him, she sold weapons to Saudi Arabia which has been used to bomb Yemen. We saw after Trump was elected, May wasted no time to go over to the White House and hold Trump’s hand giving him her unconditional support. Trump has a dangerous and aggressive approach to foreign policy. He was on the brink of starting World War III with North Korea within months of being elected.

And earlier on in this election campaign, Boris Johnson indicated that May will support Donald Trump in a bombing campaign in the Middle East without parliamentary approval. In April, Trump dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan known as the mother of all bombs. Trump’s belligerent approach to foreign policy is making the world less safe every day. May is making a coalition of risk with him. Only a Labour government led by Corbyn provides any prospect of ending the endless cycle of foreign wars and terrorism.

I have made a YouTube video on this topic.


Corbyn the underdog can win – just like his beloved Arsenal did on Saturday

[Published on Labour List on 30 May 2017]

 

On Saturday [27 May 2017], Jeremy Corbyn was at Wembley stadium watching the FA Cup final as his beloved Arsenal took on Chelsea, who had just won the Premier League title with 18 points more than the Gunners.

Despite Arsenal’s status as the underdog, they were victorious on the day and carved out a convincing win. Probably referring to his own status as the “underdog”, Corbyn bantered with fellow Arsenal fan Robert Peston on Sunday remarking that “underdogs win!”.

Corbyn went into this election campaign as the ultimate “underdog”. His personal ratings compared to May were rock bottom with an IPSOS Mori survey showing the latter as the most popular leader of a political party in living memory. According to opinion polls, the Tories were as many as 24 points ahead of Labour and projected to win a 200-seat majority while Labour were facing a possible electoral wipe-out.

Fast forward a month and the political landscape has changed completely. Dubbed as “the worst Tory election campaign ever“, the Tories are in complete disarray with May’s personal ratings having taken a battering. Labour has closed the gap in the polls to five or six points and Corbyn’s personal ratings have risen. He is a far better campaigner than May. Despite the continued media onslaught against him from the right wing, people are warming to him. The more they see and hear from the man himself, the more they like him. His status as the “underdog” maybe a factor too.

There is something in the British psyche that we like to root for the underdog. The success of Anne Widdecombe – the right winger with two left feet – on Strictly Come Dancing is a classic example. Susan Boyle, an unemployed former cook, is another who took to the nation’s hearts on Britain’s Got Talent and her first album became the fastest selling debut album in British history.

In political terms, the greatest “underdog” of them all was Clement Attlee who was openly derided by those within the Labour Party, and outside it. Left-leaning publications such as the Tribune and New Statesman were also critical of him. Winston Churchill branded him as a “modest man who had much to be modest about”. However, Attlee went onto defy his critics winning the 1945 election and bringing in much needed social reforms to rebuild post-war Britain. A recent study at Leeds University ranked Attlee as the greatest post-war prime minister.

Corbyn has been likened to Attlee in the way that the former is also derided in the media. Like Attlee, Corbyn has put forward a series of bold pledges in his manifesto to transform Britain in the aftermath of the recent global economic downturn. The popularity of the leader today may not be truly reflected in opinion polls, because of “Shy corbynites” – those who may not admit to liking him given the public derision towards him, but who may vote for him in the privacy of the polling booth. A survey found that people overwhelmingly support policies in Labour manifesto. “Shy voters” is a recent phenomenon that is said to have delivered a victory for Trump in America and Brexit in the UK.

The latest narrowing in the polls between the Tories and Labour has been credited to women surging towards Corbyn. Also, some two million young people under the age of 35 registered to vote before the deadline on May 22. Labour has the strongest support amongst young voters. If 30 per cent more young people vote for Labour, the Tories could lose this election. Corbyn has won the backing of a number of high profile artists who are popular among young people. Young voters are also likely to be attracted to Corbyn’s “underdog” status.

Corbyn knows all about how to win from the position of an underdog. He was a 200-1 outsider to win the Labour leadership in 2015, but beat his rivals convincingly. With less than 10 days to go before the polling day, Corbyn is not only being viewed as a serious contender, he has sent the Tories into panic mode.

Back to the FA Cup final. The colours represented by the teams, Arsenal in red overcoming blue Chelsea, could be a good omen. If Corbyn carves out victory on June 8 it would be the greatest underdog success story yet.

Labour can ensure the Maybot’s empty slogans come back to haunt her

[First published in LabourList on 8 May 2017]

However we spin it, there is no doubt that the local election results last week were a significant blow for Labour. Tory leaning media outlets have since been rubbing their hands with glee and projecting massive wins for the Conservatives at the general election next month. This presupposes that voters are “stupid” and do not understand the difference between a local election and a general election.

A week is a long time in politics and there are still four of them to go before the general election. Labour has more than 500,000 members to mobilise and make a difference in its campaign especially as the Tories appear not to offer a real vision for the country. Theresa May’s repeated “strong and stable” mantra parroted by her Conservative colleagues has turned their election campaign into “no more than a slogan”, according to George Osborne in his first leader column as the editor of Evening Standard.

Labour, on the other hand, has announced a raft of popular policies. Corbyn has been out and about on the campaign trail speaking to ordinary voters. His refreshing style won him plaudits from the most unlikeliest of sources as The Spectator wrote, “In praise of Corbyn’s campaign”.

Unlike Corbyn, May looks awkward engaging with members of the public and has kept a distance from them. She has preferred to address party activists in a forest hideout in Scotland, a business hub in Leeds after workers went home and on a housing estate in Bristol where residents were not invited. May’s stage managed appearances have been described as “fake meetings” by Craig Murray, a former British ambassador.

May has made this election all about her in what has been described by commentators as the most presidential election in living memory. Placards held up by Tory party activists at her rallies do not talk about what the Tories are offering in this election, but their claim that May offers “strong and stable” leadership.

May herself seems unable to open her mouth without spluttering out “strong and stable” even where it does not make sense. When asked in a radio interview what a mugwump is, May’s response was: “What I recognise is that what we need in this country is strong and stable leadership”. May’s robotic utterances have earned her the nickname “Maybot” and made her a figure of fun on social media.

May borrowed the slogan from David Cameron who deployed it in the run up to the 2015 general election tweeting, “Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice – stability and strong Government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband.” It is in fact Cameron who has given this country “chaos” by calling and losing the EU referendum, which has caused the biggest political crisis since the Second World War.

This was summed up rather eloquently by Ed Miliband when he tweeted recently, “Strong & Stable Gov 1 (2015):PM resigns, manifesto shredded, Scottish independence threat, election called, man buys shed. Fancy the sequel?”

Like Cameron, May’s talk of “strong and stable” leadership is an illusion. Repeating it endlessly does not endow her with those qualities. She has been described as a “pound store Margaret Thatcher“. Her record as a home secretary was disastrous. The Telegraph ran a story on its website “Theresa May is a great self-promoter but terrible home secretary” in the run up to last year’s Tory leadership contest.

May’s failings in the Brexit negotiations thus far shows that she is in fact presiding over a “coalition of chaos”. Her delusions and lack of knowledge and compromise have emerged from the disastrous dinnerwith Jean-Claude Juncker. This is why the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, has taken to trolling May over her robotic slogan when he tweeted, “”Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking – it’s time to get real.”

Lynton Crosby, the mastermind behind Maybot, in trademark fashion plants one or two soundbites into voters’ minds, because he believes that they are unlikely to remember policies when they go into the polling station. Crosby failed spectacularly in his last assignment on Zac Goldsmith’s bid to be London mayor.

The Tories’ reliance on vacuous slogans while being light touch on policies offers Labour a perfect opportunity to make its case to the great British public. Labour’s policy to support the NHS has won the backing of NHS workers who have been expressing their support using the hashtag #publicduty on social media warning of their fears of a Conservative victory.

Corbyn received a standing ovation from hundreds of head teachers at a conference of the National Association of Head Teachers as he pledged to close the Tories’ £3bn funding gap in schools.

Labour is offering real hope in this election while Tories parrot meaningless soundbites. Labour has an opportunity to close the gap in opinion polls in the coming weeks with a strong grassroots campaign. It is resonating with young voters who are more likely to vote Labour in this election. Some 390,000 people aged under 25 have already registered to vote since this election was called. A recent poll has found that as many as third of people are considering to vote tactically to prevent May’s hard Brexit, which may favour Labour candidates up and down the country. A lot will happen between now and the general election and Tories may live to regret making this election campaign all about May’s empty slogans.

The Tories are now the UKIP light party and unfit to negotiate with Europe, says David Lammy

On Saturday 6 May 2017, my local MP, David Lammy launched his re-election campaign with a guest appearance from Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary.

Addressing the local Labour faithful, Thornberry set out the Labour party’s alternative to May’s hard Brexit. She also said that the country was crying out for a Labour government to create a fairer and more equal society.

As well as campaigning locally in Tottenham, Lammy appealed to local members to be generous and campaign for Labour candidates in marginal seats such as Rupa Haq in Ealing and Acton, Tulip Siddiq in Hampstead & Kilburn and Wes Streeting in Ilford North.

Lammy highlighted the importance of retaining marginal seats as the key to Labour’s success at the general election.

After the speeches and a photo session on Tottenham Green, I caught up with Lammy and asked him the main reasons why we should oust the Tories on 8 June.

Lammy said, “If you believe in state education, then you should certainly get rid of the Tories, because they are planning cuts to our schools where we had a 20-year concensus on extra funding in state schools.”

“I think if you are worried about the growing trend of nationalism and frankly about a mainstream party like the Conservative Party becoming a UKIP light party, then we also really want to see the back of them. We need better negotiators on our future with Europe.”

“I also believe that we do need those extra police officers, 20,000 of them.”

“And I am really concerned about what is happening with the NHS – if you are ending up in A&E or you have got a loved one and an elderly relative; the collapse in social care and queues we now have in our A&E services across the country.”

“For all those reasons, we need change; we need a better prospect, and I believe we need a fairer society and that means voting Labour.”

Labour should forget the polls and use its grassroots army to campaign on its core values every day until June 8

[Originally published in LabourList on 25 April 2017]

It has been a week since Theresa May called a snap general election. The main Tory election strategy so far has been to repeat opinion poll findings through their biased media outlets and satisfy themselves they are on course for a landslide victory. This is why May will not even bother to defend her record in a television debate.

Labour members should ignore these opinion polls, however, because polls do not win elections. What wins elections is getting out and speaking to voters. Labour has the largest number of members of any political parties in Europe. Thousands of new members have joined the party since this election was called. This is an opportunity to mobilise and form the biggest people-powered electoral campaign in British political history.

First off, the entire Labour family must come together as one united force. Labour has had its fair share of divisions since the 2015 general election, but now is not the time to have those internal debates. The electorate will not vote for a divided party. Members should take a leaf out of Sadiq Khan’s book. The London mayor has backed Jeremy Corbyn to be the next prime minister although he supported Owen Smith during the last leadership election.

Labour has been and will always be a broad church. In the 1983 general election, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were elected as Labour MPs under Michael Foot’s leadership even though they both went onto set out a fundamentally different vision for the Party. Instead of internal ideological differences, Labour members need to focus on the bigger picture, which is to oust this Tory government on 8 June 2017. The entire labour movement is united in this vision.

Spending even one minute debating our own differences is a minute wasted which could be spent attacking the Tories right now. A recent example is when members were circulating petitions on Facebook to expel Blair because he had appeared to suggest that people should vote Tory or Lib Dem candidates if they were open minded about Brexit. He has subsequently clarified that he does not propose tactical voting. However, that is not the point. The point is that as Labour members, all our energies should be focused on attacking the Tories. If members must circulate anything on social media, there are plenty of articles about Tory failures from over the last seven years.

Let us not forget May’s cynical motive behind calling this election, which is to boost the Tory majority significantly. This is where Labour members will need to campaign cleverly. Members from relatively safe seats will need to go to marginal Labour seats to help out with campaigning there. By way of example, I live in the safe Labour seat of Tottenham, which has a majority of 23,564 and I have been co-ordinating members to go and help out Tulip Siddiq defend a majority of 1,138 in Hampstead and Kilburn and Joan Ryan defend a majority of 1,086 in Enfield North. Up and down the country, Labour members should deploy themselves accordingly to ensure that we hold onto all our seats. We need to get our house in order first.

We will then need to look at Tory, Lib Dem or SNP marginal seats where Labour can make gains by putting in a strong people powered campaign. We need to learn from how Barack Obama mobilised a grassroots campaign in the run up to his famous presidential win in 2008.

Labour can run a similar grassroots campaign in this election. It has been reported that more than 100,000 under-25s have already registered to vote since this election was announced. Because Brexit will have the biggest impact on young people, this election means more to them than ever before. This is one particular demographic that Labour should target. If young people turn out in large numbers to vote, it will have the effect of turning traditional opinion polls on its head.

Some 34 per cent of registered voters, including significant number of young people, did not vote at the 2015 general election. There is widespread disenfranchisement and apathy amongst these voters. In the same way that hundreds of thousands of new members have been energised to join the Labour movement in the last couple of years, they now need to speak to their friends and neighbours to take the same leap of faith and vote Labour. This is the “neighbour-to-neighbour” campaigning model which emerged from Obama’s successful electoral campaigns.

There are 44 days left from today until 8 June and we have about 46 million voters in the UK. Labour has over 500,000 members. If each member speaks to at least two people every day, we would reach over a million people every day and we would have spoken to every single voter by the time of the election. As well as knocking on doors, we need to make sure that we speak to our relatives, friends and neighbours. We can also do this from the comfort of our homes using various social media platforms.

If any party can turn the opinion polls around, Labour can. It has a huge energised membership, which is its biggest strength. Opinion polls only represent opinions. After the 2015 general election, the president of YouGov, Peter Kellner said that politicians “should campaign on what they believe, they should not listen to people like me and the figures we produce”.