Friday night in glorious Basildon. I really like Basildon. It just feels like a political homecoming for me. I began my Labour activism here in the run-up to the 1997 General Election and have spent many happy hours here helping wonderful Labour colleagues. I just love it; it feels like natural Labour territory, a place where we can win.
I once fought a council seat here: Nethermayne in 2007. I have helped out in many elections, both for council seats as well as Parliamentary contests.
So, to the Council offices in the town centre - Owen Smith was in town. Owen, who I hope will be leading the party soon.
I am not sure what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. My guess (which is often a shaky estimation) put the audience at around 120. I certainly saw many familiar faces.
Owen was impressive, and whatever the outcome of the leadership contest he certainly looks to have a bright future.
|Owen enthrals the audience|
This suggests that those who know what it takes to actually win elections are backing Owen. Will it take a succession of defeats before Jeremy's fan club realise what his leadership means for Labour?
|Owen Smith and me|