I had a branch meeting this evening, having missed one or two, which meant it was my first chance to meet Rusholme’s local Labour candidate for next year’s council elections, Rabnawaz Akbar, and get an update on the campaign.
Rusholme is a famously diverse ward and the branch has some excellent ideas for targeting its campaigns to reach a variety of voters. From what we discussed this evening it looks like we can make really positive use of not only the traditional campaigning methods – door-knocking, out-cards, making the most of the links our local candidate has in his community – but of new media as well, particularly to attract the ward’s large student population.
Our candidate, it turns out, doesn’t have a Facebook profile yet, so we’ve put that to the top of his to-do list and are hoping also to set up a Rusholme Labour blog – and maybe a Twitter profile, because, let’s face it, I’m addicted. We also discussed a possible campaign on the issue of litter along the Curry Mile, so look out for that one online too…it’s ver’ glamorous all this social networking y’know 😉