As Tottenham Constituency Labour Party’s Campaigns Vice Chair, I chaired a meeting this evening to coordinate our campaigning ahead of the London Mayoral election on 6 May 2021.
Sadiq Khan won in 2016 with the biggest personal vote for any politician ever. He made history despite the Tories’ most racist election campaign in living memory. There had not been a more racist election campaign since the 1964 Smethwick by-election in which the Tory candidate used an openly anti-Black slogan.
The Tories now have a candidate in Shaun Bailey who made xenophobic comments regarding just about every minority group in society. His values are not the values of London.
We need to re-elect Sadiq Khan with an even bigger vote share than 2016. Voter turnout maybe low because of the pandemic and the continuing fears of a third wave. The safest and the most convenient way to vote will be through postal ballot. Everyone can apply to vote by post. You have until 5pm on 20 April 2021 to apply for a postal ballot. Please Google ‘Apply for a postal vote’ and fill in the form on gov.uk website and return it to the Electoral Services in your local authority. In Haringey, the council has posted a postal ballot application form with a pre-paid envelope to every household. Please look out for it, complete it and send it back at your earliest convenience.
Postal ballot certainly made a big difference in the November 2020 US Presidential election. Joe Biden secured the most votes ever cast for a presidential candidate. If the US can do it, we can do it too. Please sign up for a postal ballot and encourage at least one other person to do so.