Hardyal Dhindsa Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire 1st April 2021 Blog Share Tweet Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash Telephone canvassing and using Dialogue comes more naturally to some people than to others and I confess I miss the face-to-face campaigning, the handshakes, and the comradeship you get knocking on doors in a large group. Whilst canvassing is now once again legal with the appropriate safety measures in place, it looks like it will be some time before we can gather round a clipboard and conduct a mass canvass. That is why I was delighted to join Co-operative Party members on a Dialogue session last week and survey voters in Derbyshire. In honesty, ploughing away on your own on Dialogue is not a lot of fun and can be slow going a lot of the time. Joining a group Zoom can help break things up a bit and having the company of fellow co-operators for an hour or so gives everyone a bit of a boost. It is not just a matter of raising morale though. Co-operation is all about making a practical difference and Dialogue allows you to make a real impact. The single biggest advantage of Dialogue is that it allows people to overcome geographical barriers. The technology allows people to help any campaign anywhere in the country – if you live in safe Labour territory you can remotely lend a hand to a marginal seat. With nearly 90% of the country able to show their support for co-operative values by virtue of having a Labour & Co-operative candidate to vote for in May, and 700 Labour & Co-operative candidates standing, there are plenty of candidates for you to help. I know that many are already using Dialogue, but for those who are not and want to lend a hand, do come along to one of the Zooms that the Co-operative Party will be running over the coming weeks. I look forward to joining them, and I hope to see you there.