Who will the fundraiser help?

Seats we have selected early:

Thurrock, Norwich South, Waveney, Stevenage, Harlow, Hastings & Rye, Milton Keynes South, Stroud, South Swindon, Dover & Deal, Bedford, Norwich North, Chatham & Aylesford, North Swindon, High Peak, Burton, Cannock Chase, Carlisle, Crewe and Nantwich, Redcar, Bristol West, Worcester, Redditch, Hastings and Rye, Ipswich

Seats where selections currently under way:
Warwick and Leamington,

Other top 100 key marginals:
East: South Basildon & East Thurrock, Great Yarmouth
South-east: Hove, Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Kemptown, Crawley, Reading West, Chatham & Aylesford, Kingswood
South-west: Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, Gloucester, North-east Somerset

Does the money go through Progress or Southern Front?
No. All of the money raised at an event is sent directly to a marginal CLP of the fundraiser’s choice.

Why are only the southern regions benefiting?
They aren’t – early selected PPCs are an important part of the scheme and they include candidates in the west Midlands, east Midlands and soon the north-east.

But we also need to recognise that the three southern regions are underrepresented by Labour MPs, and the fundraising opportunities are sparse. Our biggest gains in the 2012 local elections were areas where we have a sitting Labour MP or one nearby. By supporting PPCs in southern seats, incumbent MPs are part of the vital efforts to set Labour on the path to government.

What is the state of the party in the south?
The Labour party currently has just 10 MPs across the south of England, out of a possible 197. We lost 35 seats in the three southern regions – the south-east, the south-west and the east of England. The party needs to make considerable gains here to be back in government.

How do we know the money is going to the correct seats?
By working with both the fundraiser and the recipient, Progress and Southern Front will ensure that the money will go directly to where it’s intended.

Why shouldn’t these funds be given directly to the Labour party?
It’s crucial that the national and regional parties are well-resourced so they can do even better the work they do so well to support Labour candidates. This is not about taking money that would otherwise go to the national party; it is about trying to encourage the giving of relatively small sums that would otherwise stay in safe Labour seats to those seats we need to win back to ensure a Labour government.

Don’t southern seats have more money anyway?
Each seat has different amounts of money. They key is getting resources to marginal seats and making Labour gains at the next general election. The Fightback Fundraiser kitemark rests on the idea that our incumbent MPs are our best fundraisers. If they can help early selected candidates and seats in the south we will be nearer to returning a Labour government again.

What benefit does the fundraiser get?
Those raising funds for seats in the three regions can be sure that they are offering practical help to PPC campaigns ahead of the next election. Donating to the Fightback Fund is a chance to show commitment to winning back the south at the 2015 general election, and as such each fundraiser will be awarded the ‘Fightback Fundraiser’ kitemark. You’ll also get Progress’ help in promoting your fundraiser through our daily email and social media presence.

How do increased funds help?
Money doesn’t win elections, activists do. Our activists do incredibly hard work on the ground, even in the seats which we don’t always win. But one of the biggest obstacles to getting the Labour message out in marginals is lack of resources during election campaigns – and we can’t always compete with Tory money. The money raised through the Fightback Fundraiser scheme, which could be a couple of hundreds of pounds or more, will help us start to level the playing field.

Progressive centre-ground Labour politics does not come for free.

It takes time, commitment and money to build a fight against the forces of conservatism. If you value the work Progress does, please support us by becoming a member, subscriber or donating.

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