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Labour hits five million conversations on final day of campaigning

Ed Miliband will today kick off the final day of campaigning as Labour hits five million conversations with voters since the beginning of the year – an unprecedented figure for any political party.

Ed Miliband has visited every part of the country, focussing efforts on Labour target seats such as Hastings where he has visited a number of times throughout the campaign. 

Ed Miliband has been talking to voters in Hastings and beyond about the choice facing the country: between a Labour government which will put working people first or a Conservative one which works only for a privileged few.

Sarah Owen, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings and Rye said:

“The fact that Labour has had five million conversations with voters since the beginning of the year shows that we really are determined to hear what working people have to say and put their needs first in this election.

“The conversations that Labour has had with voters in Hastings and Rye were key in contributing to the five million figure. Ed Miliband has made an effort to visit Hastings and Rye on a number of occasions during the campaign to speak to constituents and demonstrate Labour is the party with a better plan for the area.

“With just a few hours until polls open I am still out there campaigning and speaking to voters about what’s important to them and the choice facing them.”



Labour’s campaign has the momentum:

  • Labour’s membership is now over 200,000, meaning we reach polling day with the highest membership for 15 years.
  • Since January our activist base has grown by around 2,500 a month and we have had over 10,000 new members join.
  • We will have more members and volunteers out on the streets on polling day than all the main parties combined.
  • Our digital campaign is breaking new records, recruiting hundreds of volunteers every day – around half of whom are non-members.
    • Since the beginning of 2015, we've raised £2.1m online from more than 95,000 small donations, with an average donation of £22.11.
  • Over the whole of the campaign, we've raised more than £3m online from more than 148,000 small donations, with an average donation of £20.31. 55 per cent of donors are non-members.
  • This campaign has set out Labour’s better plan for working people, on:
    • Living standards: Freezing energy bills until 2017 and giving the regulator the power to cut bills this winter, banning exploitative zero-hours contracts, raising the minimum wage to £8 and providing 25 hours free childcare a week.
    • An NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs, joined-up services from home to hospital, guaranteed GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
    • The next generation: tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for 5, 6 & 7 year-olds.


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