On a visit to Worthing and Adur this week, Michael had a chance to see the surge in activity and the explosion in volunteers as a "significant sea change" in the politics of this part of West Sussex.
• Membership numbers in Worthing and Adur has trebled since the General Election, and as local Worthing people reacted to the result and impact of the first majority Tory Government in 18 years;
• The local Worthing and Adur Labour parties have embarked on an ambitious campaign, taking the message to residents directly, on the doorstep;
• Activists are reporting a real hunger for fresh people to be elected to their local councils, to revive Worthing and Adur's stale austerity politics.
There is an alternative this time. For those in the Worthing area who don't want the Tories, I've been bowled over by the enthusiasm and strength of feeling of the local Labour campaign which surpasses anything I have seen before. This surge of activity in Worthing and Adur has brought a Renaissance for the local party that I haven't seen in 20 years. We’re hearing from more people than ever before that they’re voting Labour locally this time.
Labour candidate for the Heene ward of Worthing Borough Council, Jim Deen, attributed the surge of good faith in some part to national change:
"Worthing people like and respect authenticity and honest politics. That's why I think the new leadership are appealing so much locally, and it reflects the values they identify with.
"It would be wonderful to see this popular feeling help deliver some Labour councillors, something the Borough has been crying out for, for decades."