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A 1st time Canvasser's Account

March 30, 2018 5:08 PM
By Shavonne Konno, Treasurer of CLDs
Shavonne Konno at Merlene Emerson's action day

Shavonne Konno (front right)

After deciding to join the Liberal Democrats not so long ago I was astonished to find during the General Elections last June that my vote would not stand for much. There wasn't a suitable candidate who represented my views in my constituency in Kent. It was an inspirational moment, and one that led me to spring into action and commit to making 2018 a pro-active campaigning year.

Determined to make my vote count in the next election, rapid discussions then led to the discovery that there are Local Elections on May 3rd this year. The time for rallying support had come, and I never felt more alive!

One March Saturday afternoon on Oxbridge boat race day, I found myself driving to Richmond to be part of a Barnes Action day! Upon arrival, I was greeted with such a warm welcome. It was evident the team had been working tirelessly canvassing and engaging with the public. Local candidates, Merlene Emerson and Anne McKee were leading the team and everyone worked together seamlessly.

After being partnered up and given designated areas, we all set off to knock on doors and meet with members of the public. It was great to be able to speak and exchange views with members of the community. The local issues burdening the area and the solutions provided were popular with local residents. Being able to have an open dialogue in this manner was beneficial. I was pleasantly surprised that many EU citizens were unaware that they were able to vote in local elections. It was important we were out there affirming this right.

Comments Bsrnes Richmond March 2018After 90 minutes of promenading, it was time to congregate and to exchange views on what the neighbourhood's reaction had been. The day had been a great success and such an enjoyable experience. I truly felt I had become part of a movement, a combined voice that would be echoed in every community. People like me believe we should all stand up and be counted, and once we do, what a huge difference it will make!