Last week the government confirmed that the London GLA and English council elections due in 2020-2021 would still take place in early May, despite the pandemic and lockdown. We had proposed delaying the elections till later in 2021, in order to make it safer for voting and campaigning, but the Conservative government did not agree. To add insult to injury, the minister in charge has also written to political parties stating that in person campaigning, like leaflet delivery, is a breach of the Coronavirus restrictions whilst still allowing paid for leaflet delivery. Our mayoral candidate, Luisa Porritt will be leading our campaign across London.
We have a great team of GLA candidates, starting with Caroline Pidgeon, MLA. Caroline has long been involved with Lambeth, being based just over the border in Southwark. She's often campaigned with the Lambeth team and has been very supportive of local issues, with a particular focus on transport and the Fire Safety/Cladding Scandals. We also have Brixton local Florence Cyrot standing for Lambeth and Southwark Constituency. Then Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Charley Hasted and Rob Blackie, three long term Lambeth residents are running for the London-wide List.
Local elections are usually an exciting time, where teams of candidates and activists get out and speak to residents on a vast scale. This activity is mostly volunteer run, with little money being available or being spent even at the best of times, but now in early 2021 during the Pandemic we will all be required to rely heavily on social media and telephone canvassing. We will all need to campaign differently. Voters will need to work harder too, even if just to register for postal voting. We are really concerned that many will simply not be able to vote as the process will require a lot more effort than usual. Please enroll for a postal vote if you have not already!