As the final weekend of the Assembly election campaign begins Welsh Labour are gearing up for the biggest organisational push in recent history.
In recent weeks volunteer sign ups have hit record levels – nearly double that of last year’s General Election.
Amongst the reasons given by volunteers were, “to protect the services me and my family rely on”, “to save our NHS”, “Wanting Carwyn Jones to lead Wales” and “stop the Tories from bringing a junior doctors strike to Wales"
Throughout the last few weeks activists and campaigners have averaged almost 100,000 doorstep conversations each week with people across Wales, as well as engaging with well over one million people on social media.
Messages about the Tory’s planned £1bn annual cut to the Welsh NHS and Plaid Cymru’s plan to divert millions from frontline services from the NHS have struck a chord, with social media posts being shared hundreds of times.
Election campaign co-ordinator Janice Gregory said:
“I am overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who want to help our campaign.”
“We said at the start of the year that this would be the toughest Assembly election Welsh Labour has ever fought. Tory money, the rise of UKIP and a very difficult General Election gave us a tough starting point. But, thanks to the hard work of our supporters, we are in the fight in all our key seats with just a few days to go.
“The battle for us now is turn all those calls, conversations, emails, letters and tweets into votes. We know there are thousands of people right across Wales who are ready to rally to our party when they know what’s at stake.
“We will certainly not be out-worked over this final weekend, and we are truly grateful to everyone who chooses to volunteer.
“This is the biggest – and most important – Assembly election campaign we’ve ever had. We’ve spent a long time laying the groundwork, and it’s vital now that we take the fight to the Tories and secure a win for Welsh Labour on May 5th.”