Andy Burnham helps me raise £1,500 for Southwark LGC
Southwark LGC’s campaign kitty is richer to the tune of £1,500 after a successful fundraiser with special guest and Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham. These funds will help us take the fight to the Lib Dems at the upcoming 2014 council elections where Labour are looking to secure a second term.
I organised the evening for around 100 people at a top venue in London Bridge. There were speeches, raffles, auctions, entertainment and, of course, great company!
I spoke of how proud I am of the work being done by Southwark Council despite severe budget cuts imposed by central government. The council is taking action to build 1000 new council homes by 2020 – more than have been built in the whole of London in the past 10 years! I also shared Ed Miliband’s message at the recent LGA conference I attended. He’s made it crystal clear that Labour activists need to engage in community organisation and increase voter registration significantly before the next general election – something we in Southwark should be able to do very well.
Andy’s keynote speech was highly entertaining but also cutting on the problems faced by the NHS. He summed up beautifully how David Cameron promised to cut the deficit, not health, but instead cut health and not the deficit. That’s a message we can all use on the doorstep.
It was heartening to hear Andy say that Southwark is noticeably vibrant and a model of how the party can reinvigorate itself across the country and bring in new members. He thanked everyone on behalf of the shadow cabinet and encouraged us to keep up our good work.
Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, filled us in on how the council is meeting its targets of introducing free, healthy, school meals and making every council home warm, dry and safe. Peter also stepped in to be our auctioneer – a job he seemed to enjoy!
My thanks go to all councillors, members and new supporters (especially those at their first Labour event), for their generous contributions and support. I’d also like to congratulate my superb team who helped run the event on the day, James Gill, Aaron D’Souza, Mary Doherty and James King. Thanks for making things run so smoothly.