Late in August we reported on some of Alex’s activities over the summer.
Since then he’s been just as busy.
After meeting the NHS Jarrow marchers as they arrived in Leeds NW, he’s continued his campaigning on what he sees as a critically important issue for local people. He’s been involved in three ‘Time to Care’ campaigns – in Headingley, at Holt Park and in Weetwood.
Doorstep meetings with local residents have told him how much litter fouls the places they live. So on ‘Let’s Clean Up the UK ‘ day he joined Weetwood residents on Iveson Approach for his third community clean-up this year. Many thanks to all who took part – 40 bagloads of rubbish collected.
There’s been some light relief – he’s really enjoyed being at Otley Sport Chevin Family Fun Day, Adel Beer Festival Family fun day and the Cardigan Triangle art day. Leeds North West is full of enterprising local people organising great events. They keep him busy!
And he’s been meeting residents – on the doorstep, but also welcoming students in Freshers week, and attending things like the Macmillan Coffee event at the Tinshill and Cookridge Club – thanks, Clare, for inviting him.
There’s an Otley Coffee morning today – with Emmerdale star John Middleton. details here Still time to catch him there. He’s hoping to arrange another one soon in Yeadon.
All this alongside the day job!
Think how active he’ll be as a full-time MP.
September was also Conference season – so, obviously, Alex was at Labour Conference. He shared a platform there with Lisa Nandy, Shadow Civil Society minister. His expertise in Third Sector work meant that he was invited to speak at the Social Investment Summit. When Alex gets to Westminster, he won’t just be a great Leeds North West MP. He’ll bring real knowledge to Parliament, about these important ways in which we need to renew the state.
There’s more campaigning in the pipeline.
Shadow Minister, Chi Onwurah, will be with him in Headingley campaigning on October 16.
And looking ahead to November, Ian Lavery MP will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike in Otley on 14 November.
And Owen Jones will be in the Constituency speaking in support of Alex in mid November. More details of all this later.
Owen and Alex go back some. And they have much in common – both of them committed to social justice – neither of them ‘yes men’. It will be great to have Owen here in person.
With Alex, What You See Is What You Get – he’s an active worker in Leeds North West communities, a committed campaigner, and a man with very necessary knowledge to contribute at Westminster. Alex is his own man – and a very hard-working one.
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