Jason Pandya-Wood gave the 2015 Dempster lecture at Carlton-le Moorland.
Much changed since the last lecture. We moved it from Sleaford to Carlton, ate first rather than listen first. The biggest change is the number of new faces. This year local membership of the Labour Party has more than doubled and continues to grow.
Sue Sceeny, assisted by Andy, cooked the food. Others added a variety of puddings, so many puddings some people ate third helpings. Nearly everybody donated a raffle prize and most people left with a prize. Some people won the prize they donated!
Jason's talk reflected on the general election campaign. Recalling Ed Miliband's claim of four million conversations Jason suggested it was half a million conversations and three and half million queries of voting intention. Building a relationship needs conversations, a “spoken exchange of news and ideas between people” and not questions.
Lillian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, knows how to build that relationship with electors. With four and half years to the next election, Lillian is now out knocking on doors, talking to people. It is the approach that gave her an increased majority last May. It is an example for all.