Handy hints for councillors this December

It’s all about planning ahead, and not only for those with local elections – it’s only five months to polling day – but even for those without elections in 2022 we keep in touch and campaign all year round; there is no rest for the wicked!

Christmas cards and direct mail take time to stuff so make sure that's built into your plan. Christmas comes earlier and earlier, and after the last 19 months of COVID, this year is no different. Shops, high streets, and villages are already full of bright lights, festive smells, and tasty Christmas treats. And don’t get us started on the Christmas TV ads that started weeks ago. We asked new LGA Liberal Democrat and Cotswold Council Leader Councillor Joe Harris what he will be prioritising in the run up to Christmas:

Christmas can be one of the most stressful times to campaign, let alone when you are in the build up to local elections. Here are a couple of quick tips from me and ALDC for getting the job done in the run up to Christmas. 

Councillor Joe Harris wearing a shirt and tie

They’re Christmas cards NOT New Year’s cards

We’ve all been that person delivering Christmas cards in the snow on Christmas Eve – save yourself the hassle and the stress by taking every opportunity to campaign.

When the weather looks alright think of the get out campaigning there and then. After all, if the weather worsens closer to Christmas you could end up digging your way through two feet of snow to every letterbox.

The festive season is perfect for team campaigning, and a great way to say “THANK YOU”

Mince pies, mulled wine, chestnuts roasting by an open fire. They’re perfect treats to tempt a big group of activists. Get the most out of your team by socialising with them after a canvassing or delivery session.
Campaigning should be a challenge, but it should also be fun. Two hours canvassing must equal at least one
guilt-free mince pie, right?!

Communities get together at Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to get yourself to school fairs, village markets, light switch-ons, you can never have enough Christmas dinners! Put on a big thick jumper, pick up your hat, coat and gloves and get out and about. Build ties with residents and businesses and key opinion formers in your area.

Don’t forget that Christmas email

Let people know what the transport arrangements are for where they live – when do the buses/trains/trams stop running?

What are the arrangements for refuse and recycling collections over the festive period – do you know?

Where can people recycle their Christmas tree and all those leaflets we delivered to them, tell them!

Remind people where their grit bin is just in case we have a really bad weather spell.

Lastly, remind people to check on elderly neighbours. Close to a million older people face crushing loneliness this Christmas, a leading charity warned recently.

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Campaign inspiration

You can find loads of new campaign packs, campaign ideas and council motions at on the ALDC website.

Are you looking for the next exciting campaign for your local area?

Over the past few months ALDC have supercharged their offering of campaign materials with more of everything!

They’ve got more campaign packs, from saving the environment to helping local businesses get on through challenging times. They’ve got a comprehensive library of example council motions too, which is guaranteed to provide you some inspiration for to use at the town hall.

Recent campaign packs include:

  • green issues
  • fossil fuel divestment
  • local business
  • protect local swimming pools
  • save our rivers
  • National insurance hike.

Use our campaign packs to add to your local campaigning and make it even better and if there’s something we’re missing please get in touch at info@aldc.org and let us know. We’re always looking for new ideas.

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Leaflet of the week! 

ALDC have recently started their brand new ‘Leaflet of the Week’ competition where they highlight one fantastic Liberal Democrat leaflet every week. With such amazing on the ground campaigners across the country it’s a shame to let all those ideas go to waste so if you or someone you know is putting out a great leaflet then ALDC want to see.

Just email frankie.singleton@aldc.org with a picture of the leaflet to enter. With your help we can all share great examples and ideas from across the party.

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