And we're off!

By now everyone will know what's coming on June 8th. Despite repeatedly telling the nation that she had no intention of calling a snap general election, Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election.

There's a lot of work to be done in the next 45 days. Here in South West Bedfordshire, we need to get the word out about how the Tory government has let this country down and how we aim to realise our vision for Britain as a society that works for the many, not just the few. This is our moment to stand up to Theresa May and Andrew Selous. They underestimate us at their peril.

Further afield, we will look to our colleagues in other local constituencies and see what we can do to help them over the line. We will make the Tories work for every vote in as many seats as we can, the better to blunt their momentum and halt their advance. We might even win enough seats from them to deny them an overall majority for their vision of a hard Brexit that promises to wreak havoc on our economy.

But nobody can do all this alone. It will take as many people as we can muster if we want to challenge Andrew Selous as strongly as possible. Whether you're a long-standing member or new to the party, whether you can give whole days of free time or just an hour here and there, whether you're a seasoned hand at all this or this is your first time around - We need you.

The first thing we need you to do is click here and make sure that you're registered to vote. You have until May 22nd to register in time for the general election and it takes five minutes to do. Please, do it now. If you don't think you can make it to the polls on the day you can register for a postal or proxy vote at the same time.

When you've done that, we would love to know that you're going to support us on June 8th. So please tell us! You can do that by clicking here to Say You're With Us.

While you're on a roll, we need as many volunteers as we can get. You could do a lot, you could do a little - everything you can do helps us. So go here to Volunteer.

And last, obviously, this is going to make money to make happen. The Tories can rely on a huge war chest from a few wealthy donors. But what we have is better: YOU. Ordinary people up and down the country, chipping in what they can to fight for a better future. We're working on a way you can donate to the local party right here on the website. Until that's finished, you can find Labour's national funding drive here. If you want to donate to South West Bedfordshire specifically, contact us here or on Facebook and we'll give you the details you'll need.

We won't be naïve. This will not be easy. But we'll fight on every step of the way - if you'll fight on with us.

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