Connor Naismith, Labour’s candidate in the upcoming Crewe West by-election on 06 May 2021, has today stated he will not be carrying out door step canvassing of residents in order to minimise social contact in the ward.
Mr Naismith said:
I am looking forward to a time when it is safe to engage with residents face to face again as much as everyone else. However, I do not feel that we have reached the moment where that would be appropriate yet.
Our NHS workers are doing a fantastic job rolling out the vaccine and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we all need to continue doing our bit until it is safe.
For that reason, I will be limiting my campaign activity to the delivery of election leaflets, as well as phone canvassing which I have been doing up until now. I think this is the responsible approach – putting the interests of residents and public health above politics.
This week, the government issued guidance which stated that, from 08 March, political parties and candidates in elections taking place on 06 May 2021 will be allowed to knock on doors and leaflet to inform residents of their campaign pledges and canvass support.
Under national lockdown, both the delivery of campaign leaflets and doorstep canvassing has been prohibited.