Friday 23 February 2018 First Day on the Doorstep / Stories

Zach’s First Day on the Doorstep

Young campaigner Zach shares what inspired him to join Labour and campaign for the first time during the recent Alyn & Deeside by-election.

 

During the 2017 General Election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a rally on Colwyn Bay seafront. As the Welsh Representative on the British Youth Council Youth Select Committee, I was given permission to go and watch, to take notes on public speaking. I was so enthralled by his message of a Britain that stands for everyone that I forgot to take notes, but I learnt something regardless: that I wanted to join Labour and work alongside the countless dedicated members pushing for equality.

I have to credit my family friend Mel for my joining the party. While I really wanted to, she was the one who actually handed me a form – she helped put my words and thoughts into action, and to her, I will always be grateful.

The only campaign within a reasonable distance (on a teenager’s budget!) was the Alyn & Deeside by-election, which has now rightfully resulted in the election of Jack Sargeant. I like to consider myself a driven person, and I came to the conclusion that I had to get out there and do whatever I could to support the Party, especially considering the tragic circumstances and vital nature of the vote to balance the Welsh Assembly.

I can’t give enough praise to the Alyn & Deeside Constituency Labour Party; they made campaigning seem so valuable and meaningful, that a small job done well can mean a lot to the cause.

Everyone can make a difference, no matter how great or how little.

Stepping out and onto the doorstep was simultaneously one of the most terrifying and exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of undertaking. Every door was a new realm of the unknown, every person a new opportunity for spreading Labour’s message. It taught me that a bit of consideration can mean a lot and that we as individuals can contribute meaningfully to something far greater than just us.

Everyone can make a difference, no matter how great or how little. Together, we can be more than the sum of our parts, but that means that we have to work together and get out there to try and win each vote locally. If every member thinks that they can make a difference, then they will, because they will be doing it united.

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