I’m doing training in Bristol tomorrow morning and traveling to London in the afternoon for a couple of events on Thursday and Friday. That means I’ll be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to get to the polling station to vote.
My constituency is about as dark blue as it gets. The results last time around were:
- 1st – UKIP wannabe
- 2nd – Official UKIP
- 3rd – Labour
- 4th – LibDems
- 5th – Greens
Ordinarily in such circumstances I’d be voting Green to get their share of the national vote up. This time, however, I’ll be voting Labour for the first time in my life. Not only is Laura Pictor the only woman on the ballot (and therefore the candidate of choice for WEP members), she’s also the candidate with the best chance of depriving the Tories of a seat. I’m not a Socialist, and there are Conservative MPs that I have a lot of time for, but their current leader not only doesn’t believe in human rights, she has staked her entire campaign on a promise to repeal human rights legislation. Not to mention the whole disaster of her relations with Europe, her sucking up to Trump, the selling off of the NHS… Need I go on?
Elsewhere I’d like to wish the very best of luck to Helen Belcher (LibDem), Sophie Cook (Labour) and Aimee Challenor (Green) who are trying hard to get a trans person into Parliament. Good luck also to Molly Scott Cato, Thangam Debbonaire and Stephen Williams in Bristol West. I’m so sorry that two of you have to lose.
And finally a huge cheer and masses of luck to Sophie Walker, Nimco Ali, Harini Iyengar, Sharon Lovell, Sally Carr, Celine Thomas and Kirstein Rummery who are the first ever parliamentary candidates for the Women’s Equality Party. You are making history, ladies.