Labour campaigners were out in force this weekend to urge residents to back the party in the local and European elections on Thursday 22 May.
The Labour Party is confident it will gain a foothold on Richmond Council in Thursday's local elections. The party's canvass returns are showing that many Lib Dem voters - disillusioned with their party's alliance with the service-cutting Tories - have decided to give their support to Labour.
Labour has found particularly high levels of support in the Heathfield ward which has been neglected by both the Tories and Lib Dems when they have controlled the council. Residents of this ward have been angered by the loss of their library service, which attracted over 35,000 visits per year, and Labour has been leading a campaign for this to be re-instated.
The party is fighting all 54 council seats up for grabs and is predicting that it will build on its success in the 2012 Greater London Assembly elections where it pushed the Lib Dems into third place in Richmond upon Thames, by returning Labour councillors.
Labour’s campaign organiser Steve Guichard said. “The days of Lib Dems winning council seats on the back of tactical voting is over. Labour is receiving a very positive response to its message on the doorstep and we are now the only alternative to the service cutting Tories. Local residents feel let down by successive Tory and Lib Dem administrations and we are confident that we can break their stranglehold on the council on May the 22nd".