Good news!!! We hit the target for the research fund!! Yep, It's finally back up and running and has surpassed the £2,000 target!! Wonderful news and quite thrilling.
The research I'm co-ordinating is very nearly finished, printers are booked, envelope stuffers recruited, designers designing, researchers burrowing, PR team talking themselves hoarse, briefers briefing, analysts analysing and we have pledges from over 150 different constituencies to personally email a copy of the research to their MP on the release date. If you would like to volunteer as "constituency rep" just leave a comment below leaving a name and constituency. All you have to do is email your MP a copy of the research on a certain date at a certain time (to be confirmed) with a covering letter asking them as a constituent to please read it and respond. (Template letter will be provided.)
You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The response has been overwhelming, and I'm confident we can put together a very comprehensive media response. Again if you would like to volunteer to speak to journalists or make phone calls, leave your name below. Again, email me on email@example.com
If you live in Sussex, you can volunteer with the envelope stuffing or addressing. (7th & 8th Jan)
If you have a courier firm you can save us some money ;)
If you have design or print experience, please get in touch.
And between now and the next debate of the welfare reform bill in the Lords, (11th Jan) RT everything on twitter, post everything to Facebook and ask people to share. Make as much noise as you possibly can. Keep the emails and letters going to Lib Dem Peers and Crossbenchers https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment?ui=2&ik=51bddf73de&view=att&th=13457243d7d0b796&attid=0.1.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_lB1l0iRUbrf4HvArsAsO7&sadet=1324469485508&sads=djEAXwKC_ZZYhnL-0f5GmnwyhHg
So this is my question. Would you like me to let the research fund run and use the money to maximising the impact of the research, or shall I stick to the original target?
With more funds we can mail out more copies, make more phone calls (at the moment I'm just using three of my own phones!!) and basically pay for some of the things we would otherwise have to do ourselves, ie driving things to London, sending people to meetings etc.
I will post a full breakdown of accounts once the report has been released so that you can see where all the money went.
At the same time, some may feel that a target is a target and it is unfair to move the goalposts. Please feel free to give an honest opinion.
Please tell me what you think below.