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EURef: Connect is ready. It’s time for referendum canvassing

May 9, 2016 12:06 PM
By Antony Hook in Liberal Democrat Voice

European flagsA great Liberal MP, John Bright used to say, "I believe in faith, hope and canvassing. And the greatest of these is canvassing."

Canvassing makes a difference. Being canvassed by a party or cause increases the chance you will support them and increases the chance you will come out to vote. You can canvass on a street stall or on the phone. You can do it online. Still the most effective way, in my view, is going door to door, seeing people in person.

We are going to win this referendum. We are going to win it by a big margin that settles our country's future. We are going to recruit thousands of new people to the Liberal Democrats in the process.

We will only do that if we knock on thousands of doors.

I have been canvassing for the referendum. It is a really pleasant experience. Only 8% of the nation are backing the Lib Dems in recent polls but around 50% are backing staying in Europe.

When you canvass you have to use a form of words that work for your personality. This is what I like to say and you might find it works for you too:

Hello, my name is Antony.

I am a volunteer for the local Liberal Democrats.

You may know there is a big vote on 23 June on whether Britain stays in Europe. We are campaigning to stay in because its' important for peace, prosperity and the future.

Do you think you will vote to stay in?

It is always good to canvass with a leaflet to give people. You can produce a local leaflet or order ones suitable for the whole nation here.

If your local party is using the Connect system (the Liberal Democrat database of voters) the answers can be logged on there. The bank of Questions on Connect now includes:

Will you sign our petition for Britain to stay in the EU?

Do you think the UK should stay within the European Union, or should it leave?

Would you like a poster to show your support for the Remain campaign to stay in Europe?

Please let Lib Dem Voice and South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats know how you get on canvassing for the referendum.

* Antony Hook was #2 on the South East European list in 2014, is the English Party's representative on the Federal Executive and produces this sites EU Referendum Roundup.