Why summer surveying should be your next campaigning activity

Now that May’s two sets of elections are successfully out of the way, it’s time to move our campaigning activity onto summer surveys. Why survey? Surveys are a fantastic way to generate voter ID, campaign issues and contact with local communities. If they’re used properly, they will establish you and your local Lib Dem team […]

Now that May’s two sets of elections are successfully out of the way, it’s time to move our campaigning activity onto summer surveys.

Why survey?

Surveys are a fantastic way to generate voter ID, campaign issues and contact with local communities. If they’re used properly, they will establish you and your local Lib Dem team as hard-working, locally focused and approachable. And with proper follow up they can drive your campaign and messages.

The more you know about your residents, the better you can be as a community campaigner/councillor. There’s a lot of useful information you can gain from surveys and record in Connect for future voter contact, e.g. writing target mail.

Five reasons to survey now:

  1. Surveying helps us find local issues that people care about and it proves our hardworking local champions credentials.
  2. You can collect vital voting intention and contact details to use later.
  3. It’ll help us engage with local people. Instead of just telling them what we’re doing, we ask what matters to them.
  4. Summer surveying means you’ll have your campaign messages and important reasons to vote for you nailed down early.
  5. Surveys are a brilliant easy first canvass session for new volunteers. They’re relaxed sessions that give you an easy conversation starter on the doorstep.

What you can do after the survey

Re-visit the area with a petition – a great way to gather additional information and email addresses. Acting on an issue raised in the survey provides a great opportunity to reinforce your local connections on the doorstep. Alternatively, a ‘street letter’ that outlines the broad results of the survey could go to houses on all streets that were included – another very local piece of literature.

Use the data to work out your ‘target groups’ – the voting intention question, for example, will indicate whether the respondent should be included in letters designed for Labour- or Conservative-leaning voters. You could also use the answers to create issue-specific email mailing lists.

Publicise the outcome – don’t forget to issue a survey results press release to your local paper. The aspect to sell to the press is the depth of local feeling, so survey response numbers are key to making this work.

Publicise the results on social media – tweet individual stats one at a time, e.g. xx residents in favour of more crossing patrols. Make sure you include a link to a story about crossing patrols on your MyCouncillor site and add survey stats to your Facebook page where people who are interested would be able to like or comment.

ALDC summer survey templates

We have produced three new survey designs to help you get out onto the doorsteps without having to create your own. They’re all A4 z fold, available as PagePlus + PDF files and you can choose from two-colour, full-colour and mail-merged addressed versions. Make sure you localise your survey and include any big local issues that need to be addressed.

If you’re an ALDC member you can download the templates.

If you’re not yet an ALDC member, join us in order to download them. We want you to access the best advice, resources and training to aid you in your role as a campaigner and/or councillor. Join us before the end of June and receive a 50% discount from your first six months’ subs by using the code: SUMMER2019.

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Last chance to book for ALDC’s summer training weekend, 28-30 June

We are running three separate training events – for campaigners, councillors and Connect-users – across the weekend of 28-30 June in Staffordshire. We close our bookings in a week’s time (Tuesday 11 June), so please book now if you intend to come. Summer Kickstart Weekend Come along and bring a team if you’re serious about […]

We are running three separate training events – for campaigners, councillors and Connect-users – across the weekend of 28-30 June in Staffordshire. We close our bookings in a week’s time (Tuesday 11 June), so please book now if you intend to come.

Summer Kickstart Weekend

Come along and bring a team if you’re serious about winning in 2020 – or you’re planning future election success in 2021 or beyond. The weekend caters for everyone; whatever your role in a campaign, and regardless of your experience. You’ll get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring for your team from experienced campaigners and councillors. You’ll improve your campaigning skills and leave with a well-developed campaign plan ready for your next set of elections.

Find out more + book >>>

Councillors’ Weekend

The weekend is organised in partnership with the LGA Lib Dem Group and is packed full of sessions to improve your skills in your important roles as a councillor and campaigner. It’s for councillors new and old alike; council groups and individuals.

Find out more + book >>>

Connect Weekend

This course is best suited to those experienced with Connect who want to take their skills to the next level and become Connect super users. You’ll improve your existing skills and we’ll help you share your Connect knowledge with your local party/area.

Find out more + book >>>

All three training weekends are held at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, a dedicated training centre with leisure facilities and a bar. All food, accommodation and a three-course dinner with a guest speaker on the Saturday night are included in the price.

ALDC member price: £200 for a single room and £170 for a double room (per person).

Non-ALDC member price: £285 for a single room and £255 for a double room per person. It’s cheaper to join us and book our member rate.

 

Motivate Training Day Summer Programme

We are also running a programme of 20+ our Motivate Training Days across Britain throughout the summer. Our one-day campaign training events are designed to help upskill party members, new and old alike.

Come along to develop your campaigning skills and increase your knowledge of Lib Dem campaign tools. Motivates are open to all Lib Dem members; you don’t have to be an ALDC member. They’re usually free to attend and lunch is sometimes provided (see individual events for more details).

Find out more + book >>>

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Getting out the vote – advice from ALDC

After we’ve convinced people to support our cause and collected data on who our likely supporters are, we have one stage left to get our best result in an election – Get Out The Vote (GOTV). How can we use our data to work out our tactics for polling day and the run up to […]

After we’ve convinced people to support our cause and collected data on who our likely supporters are, we have one stage left to get our best result in an election – Get Out The Vote (GOTV).

How can we use our data to work out our tactics for polling day and the run up to it?

Quite simply: we need to remind people who are likely to support us to use their vote.

Talking to voters

We know that talking to voters increases their propensity to vote at a given election so over the next few days – and particularly on polling day – we need to focus all our efforts on speaking to our supporters and reminding them to vote.

Leaflets

Leaflets help to cement our messages with voters and they also boost turnout (but not as much as a chat). Make sure you don’t let up in your literature campaign in the final week and think about targeting some of your leaflets or letters.

Polling day

Thursday 2 May is when we can all make a massive difference. If you haven’t booked it off work yet, then do it now! On polling day, we need as many members and supporters to step up, reminding our voters to get out and vote all the way until polls close at 10pm. It’s the busiest day of the year but with some real hard work it can be one of the best too!

Stay focused

When we’re tired and we’ve worked hard all year it can be easy to lose focus in the run up to the election. But luckily the concept is simple, for the next week just ask yourself every day: “What am I doing today to get more Lib Dem votes in the ballot box?”

Let’s go out there and make our own luck!

Support

ALDC members can phone us on 0161 212 1012 or email advice@aldc.org with any questions or queries, weekdays all year round. And during the election period, our Election Law service is open too for members and non-members alike. Find out more.

ALDC members can access more polling day and GOTV advice articles and resources:

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Help ALDC win more council seats

With everything that’s happening nationally, one thing remains certain – it’s vital that our party achieves a good set of results on Thursday 2 May. Word on the street is that support for the big two parties is soft and where local Liberal Democrat teams are working hard, we are in a strong position to […]

With everything that’s happening nationally, one thing remains certain – it’s vital that our party achieves a good set of results on Thursday 2 May.

Word on the street is that support for the big two parties is soft and where local Liberal Democrat teams are working hard, we are in a strong position to make gains.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to donate to ALDC’s Local Election Appeal, time is running out to make a difference – in many councils, postal votes will start landing on doormats next week.

100 Lib Dem candidates in target wards from Kent to Cumbria have already received letters to 25,000 crucial postal voters, paid for by generous donations. We now want to do even more to make sure these wards are Lib Dem gains on the night.

We can only help our candidates get across the line in these target wards if we raise another £5,000 for the Local Election Appeal by the end of next week. 

Can you donate today to help Liberal Democrat candidates get across the line in 100 wards?

If you would like to send a cheque (made payable to ALDC), our address is: ALDC, 2.07 Boat Shed, 16 Exchange Quay, Salford M5 3EQ.

Thank you to everybody who has supported our appeal.

Find out more about our appeal.

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ALDC’s by-election review – 28 March 2019

After a strong hold last week in Esh and Witton Gilbert division in Durham, this week saw another Lib Dem seat up for grabs in Wallington North ward for Sutton LB. Sutton LB, Wallington North LD Barry Lewis 1039 [38.2%; -7.7%] Con 709 [26.1%; +0.5%] Ind 381 [14.0%; +14.0%] Lab 301 [11.1%; -5.6%] Green 166 […]

After a strong hold last week in Esh and Witton Gilbert division in Durham, this week saw another Lib Dem seat up for grabs in Wallington North ward for Sutton LB.

Sutton LB, Wallington North

LD Barry Lewis 1039 [38.2%; -7.7%]
Con 709 [26.1%; +0.5%]
Ind 381 [14.0%; +14.0%]
Lab 301 [11.1%; -5.6%]
Green 166 [6.1%; -2.3%]
UKIP 104 [3.8%; +0.5%]
CPA 17 [0.6%; +0.6%]
LD Hold
Percentage change from 2018

With London falling outside of the election cycle this year, the Sutton Lib Dem team were able to run a great campaign to get Barry Lewis elected and keep their majority on the council untouched. Polling 1039 votes, Lewis faced competition from new candidates but still managed to take a brilliant 38.2% of the vote finishing 12.1% of the second place Conservatives. Congratulations to the Sutton Lib Dem team and Councillor Lewis and keep up the good work!


Clackmannanshire UA, Clackmannan Central

SNP 865 [40.9%; +2.6%]
Lab 675 [31.9%; -8.0%]
Con 419 [19.8%; +3.2%]
UKIP 69 [3.3%; +3.3%]
Green 53 [2.5%; -2.7%]
LD John Biggam 36 [1.7%; +1.7%]
Turnout 34.7%
SNP Hold
Percentage change from 2017

Thanks also go to John Biggam flying the Lib Dem flag in the Clackmannan Central by-election after not previously having a candidate standing. With some big by-elections coming up in Edinburgh and East Lothian it’s great to see the Scottish Lib Dem team in action!

Next week there is one by-election taking place in Wroxham for Norfolk CC, if you can help please contact Stuart Beadle at 01603 755373 or stuart.beadle@btconnect.com as the team look to take a seat off the Tories!

If you are elsewhere and have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections

Good luck to Stephen Heard and the Norfolk Lib Dem team and see you next week!

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ALDC advice: filling in and submitting nomination forms

We advise that you fill in your nomination forms at the earliest opportunity possible. You’re able to submit them from March 27 onwards and the deadline for returning them is 4pm on Wednesday 3 April. The following paperwork needs to be completed correctly and submitted on time: Nomination papers Candidate’s consent to nomination Candidates address form […]

We advise that you fill in your nomination forms at the earliest opportunity possible. You’re able to submit them from March 27 onwards and the deadline for returning them is 4pm on Wednesday 3 April.

The following paperwork needs to be completed correctly and submitted on time:

  • Nomination papers
  • Candidate’s consent to nomination
  • Candidates address form
  • Deposit (not for locals)
  • Form for the appointment of the agent
  • Delegated Nominating Officer (DNO) paperwork (for use of the party name and logo on the ballot paper)

Most Returning Officers will supply forms, but some may expect you to supply your own from the Electoral Commission’s website. You should always use the Party’s own DNO paperwork – download it.

Find more information on filling in your forms correctly.

The golden rules:

  1. Talk to your Returning Officer and find out what they will and won’t accept, and arrange a meeting for an informal check before the deadlines
  2. Get your papers submitted in time so that you can deal with any mistakes and problems
  3. If you run into serious problems, check with ALDC (email info@aldc.orgor call 0161 212 1012)

Download nomination papersincluding candidate consent to nomination and agent notification forms – ward specific nomination papers will be available from your council.

Download Certificate of Authorisation / Delegated Nominating Officer (DNO) form England – we recommend you use this version rather than the one supplied by your council.

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We provided the above advice as a taster to showcase the type of support that we provide for our members year-round.

 

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

ALDC By-Election Review – 14th March

Thursday saw three by-elections take place across the country with two Labour seats and an Independent seat up for grabs. Southampton UA, Coxford Ward Lab 668 [26.3%; -1.9%] Con 529 [20.8%; +4.4%] LD Sam Chapman 450 [17.7%; +14.7%] SA 368 [14.5%; +14.5%] IS 178 [7.0%; +7.0%] Ind 174 [6.8%; +4.4%] UKIP 123 [4.8%; +4.8%] Green […]

Thursday saw three by-elections take place across the country with two Labour seats and an Independent seat up for grabs.

Southampton UA, Coxford Ward

Lab 668 [26.3%; -1.9%] Con 529 [20.8%; +4.4%] LD Sam Chapman 450 [17.7%; +14.7%] SA 368 [14.5%; +14.5%] IS 178 [7.0%; +7.0%] Ind 174 [6.8%; +4.4%] UKIP 123 [4.8%; +4.8%] Green 53 [2.1%; -0.9%] Lab gain from Ind Percentage change from 2018

With the resignation of the Independent councillor, Coxford Ward was up for grabs with eight candidates battling it out. Sam Chapman and Southampton Lib Dems put on a great campaign opposing more tax rises and service cuts from the Labour council and putting forward some great ideas to improve the city’s air quality and environment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Sam, but the success of the campaign shone through as the Lib Dem vote share increased by 14.7%. Well done to the team on a great result that leaves the party in great stead for the next round of elections this May.

Durham UA, Wingate

Lab 458 [64.1%; -11.7] LD Edwin Simpson 163 [22.8%; +22.8%] NEP 74 [10.3%; +0.1] FB 20 [2.8; +2.8%] Turnout 24.2% Lab Hold Percentage change from 2017

Our second result from the evening comes from Durham UA’s Wingate ward. With Labour running the county council for 100 years, the battle always looked to be tough. Edwin Simpson and the Durham Lib Dem team had a fantastic result and grabbed 22.8% of the vote share from nowhere in the battle, which saw Labour lose 11.7% of the vote that they received in 2017. A great result showing an increase in momentum for the Lib Dem team in Durham which hopefully sets them in good stead for next week’s Durham by-election in Esh and Witton Gilbert.

Croydon LB, Norbury & Pollards Hill

Lab 1379 [64.5%; -3.3%] Con 324 [15.2%; -6.9%] Ind 162 [7.6%; +7.6%] Green 91 [4.3%; -6.0%] Ind 72 [3.4%; +3.4%] LD Guy Burchett 70 [3.3%; +3.3%] UKIP 40 [1.9%; +1.9%] Lab Hold Percentage change from 2018

Thanks also go to the Croydon Lib Dems and Guy Burchett for representing liberal values standing in a tricky battle in Norbury & Pollards Hill.

Next week there are six by-elections taking place with one Lib Dem defence!

If you have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections

Good luck to all standing and see you next week!

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

ALDC’s by-election review – 7th March

A  quiet night of by-elections saw one by-election take place in Haddenham and Stone for Aylesbury Vale DC. The solitary election saw a big loss for the Conservatives to the Green’s who increased their vote share 34.6% to snatch the seat from the Tories. Jim Brown and the Aylesbury Vale Lib Dem team flew the […]

A  quiet night of by-elections saw one by-election take place in Haddenham and Stone for Aylesbury Vale DC. The solitary election saw a big loss for the Conservatives to the Green’s who increased their vote share 34.6% to snatch the seat from the Tories. Jim Brown and the Aylesbury Vale Lib Dem team flew the flag well and took 333 votes increasing their vote share by 2.3% so a big thanks to Jim and the team.

Next week we have a busier week with 3 by-elections taking place with Lib Dem candidates standing in all. See below our list for next week and how you can help.

Croydon LB, Norbury & Pollards Hill
Labour Seat. Cause: Death
LD Candidate: Guy Burchett
Get in touch – https://www.croydonlibdems.org/contact_us

Durham UA, Wingate.
Lab Seat. Cause: Death.
LD Candidate: Edwin Simpson
Get in touch – https://durhamlibdems.mycouncillor.org.uk/get-involved/?purpose=get%20in%20touch#page-content 

Southampton UA, Coxford Ward.
Ind Seat. Cause: Resignation.
LD Candidate Candidate: Sam Chapman sam@samchapman.net

Contact (campaign manager): Colin McDougal csmac1707@gmail.com

Good luck to all our candidates standing next week!

If you have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections.

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* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

Join ALDC at a discounted rate (until Sunday 10 March)

We want to help the Party achieve a bumper set of results in this May’s local elections – the biggest of this parliament. To entice you to join us and to ensure your team has the best chance of success, until Sunday 10 March, new joiners will get 50% discount from their first six months. […]

We want to help the Party achieve a bumper set of results in this May’s local elections – the biggest of this parliament.

To entice you to join us and to ensure your team has the best chance of success, until Sunday 10 March, new joiners will get 50% discount from their first six months.

Join us online at www.aldc.org/join

Enter SPRING2019 in the discount code slot when prompted. You’ll pay just £3.41 a month for your first six months. Please help us spread the word and let your fellow team members who may be interested know.

How we can help you win – join us to get full access to all of our advice, resources, and training:

  • All the resources and templates you’ll need for your campaign, saving you valuable campaigning time, e.g. election time Focus, postal voter templates, posters…
  • Our advice service– someone to talk to or email – whenever you have any questions or queries. Tap into our expertise, let us critique your plan, ask us about election law…
  • Guidance, ideas, and inspiration for your campaign – access our best practice: what to do, when and how.
  • Access to our member-only private Facebook Group to ask questions and share ideas with fellow campaigners and councillors.
  • Heavily discounted Kickstart places and regular webinars covering topics such as using PagePlus and filling in nomination papers.

Happy campaigning!

 

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* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

ALDC By-election review 21st February 2019

70 days to go to the local elections was celebrated in the form of two by-elections taking place across the country on 21st February. Northamptonshire CC, Oundle Con 1864 [51.3%; -14.1%] LD Marc Folgate 1276 [35.1%; +24.6%] Lab 403 [11.1%; -12.9%] UKIP 89 [2.5%; +2.5%} Turnout 36.9% Con Hold (former Councillor sitting as Independent) Percentage […]

70 days to go to the local elections was celebrated in the form of two by-elections taking place across the country on 21st February.

Northamptonshire CC, Oundle
Con 1864 [51.3%; -14.1%]
LD Marc Folgate 1276 [35.1%; +24.6%]
Lab 403 [11.1%; -12.9%]
UKIP 89 [2.5%; +2.5%}
Turnout 36.9%
Con Hold (former Councillor sitting as Independent)
Percentage change from 2017

The standout result for the night saw Marc Folgate and the Northamptonshire Lib Dem team put out a scare to the Conservatives in an epic battle for Oundle. Putting on a fantastic campaign, Marc Folgate achieved a huge swing of 24.6% increasing his vote share to a whopping 35.1%. The result saw a huge loss of votes to the Conservativs and Labour, losing 14.1% and 12.9% respectively. Congratulations to Marc and the team on a fantastic result that is sure to raise optimism ahead of May!

Cardiff UA, Ely
PC 831 [43.1%; +17.8%]
Lab 779 [40.4%; -7.1%]
Con 271 [14.1%; -2.4%]
LD Richard Jerrett 46 [2.4%; -6.2%]
[TUSC 0 [-2.1%; -2.1%]]
PC gain Lab
Percentage change from 2017

Thanks go also to Richard Jerrett and the Cardiff Lib Dem for their hard work campaigning and fighting hard for our liberal values. Despite a difficult result, it is always extremely important to have the option to vote for the Liberal Democrats and their hard work should be appreciated, especially in an election that saw both Labour and the Conservatives lose seats.

Next week we have 1 by-election in Berkeley Vale for Stroud DC with Mike Stayte standing.

If you have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections.

Good luck to Mike Stayte and the team and see you next week!

Campaigning Liberal Democrats choose ALDC… join us to improve your chances of winning. We’re a membership organisation that provides advice, resources and training for Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners across Britain. Find out more.

 

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners