Dear Friends,

I started two days on the campaign trail today in Yorkshire and the North East, where I had the honour of helping to launch the official Labour local election campaign in Yorkshire and the Humber, and then hitting the streets with our brilliant candidate for Almondbury ward in Kirklees, Louise Peace, and her good friend, Councillor Judith Hughes.

Louise is a working mum who was so inspired by the campaign to save her local hospital, she joined it, helped drive it forward, and has now been persuaded by Judith to take the next step of running for councillor, so she can turn her campaigning into action.

Campaigning with Louise and Judith today was such an inspiring example for me, not just of how our local elections and local councillors matter so much, but of how thousands of brilliant Labour men and women all over the country are coming together to make change happen.

They are the #backboneoftheparty, and they make us all stand up straight. So if you’ve got elections on 3 May, think about Louise and Judith, and get out and vote. And even if you haven’t, come and join us on the campaign trail, and be part of the change we all want to see.

Best wishes,


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