26 May 2014

Local and European elections 2014

The strong UKIP showing in the local elections and their triumph in the EU elections should be a wake-up call to all the other parties; we need to take this party very seriously and actively work to expose their damaging world view and policies. While they are impacting the Tory vote more than the Labour one, it is still hurting us - UKIP were basically responsible for Labour only ending up with one councillor in Havering.

Labour's performance in the locals was good, but could have been better; while we're still on course for at least largest party, we need to make more effort at connecting with people. It's not going to be easy, as we're still deeply associated with the last recession and "failures" on immigration, but it needs to be done.

It's not time to panic, but we should not be complacent.

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