While we were setting up in Tonbridge at 1000, 4 members of the Tonbridge Labour Party, who were heading for a meeting in London stopped and leafleted with us for an hour. We very much appreciated this gesture.
Four members of Tonbridge & Malling For Europe also joined with us and again we were delighted to have their support.
Together with the 11 SSTIE members who were in Tonbridge on Saturday this made a formidable leafleting group – so much so that one passer-by remarked that there were too many of us! We actually distributed many leaflets entitled The lies and truths of the EU, Imagine If, and the Arrangements for the March on the 23rd.
Common themes on Saturday were:
a) that those Leavers who stopped and spent any time with us had not changed their mind since the referendum 2016.
b) those who refused to take leaflets did so politely; and
c) Remainers seemed more encouraged
Our posters are taken from the Led by Donkeys campaign
On Saturday morning we asked shoppers in Tonbridge whether they wanted a Final Say on Brexit and 435 people put a sticker on the board:
- 291 want a Final Say vote
- 121 do not want a Final Say vote
- 23 people did not know
Of the people who knew what they wanted, over 70% wanted a Final Say vote.
At least three former local councillors had their say – one Tory, one Labour and one LibDem – and they all wanted a Final Say. Tom Tugendhat, the Tonbridge and Malling MP was out with a photographer and told one of our group that he would return and have his photo taken with us – sadly he had not done so when we packed up at one o’clock.
Many said they were fed up by the whole rigmarole, but also a number who wanted a proper vote, feeling that the first was based entirely on lies
The main argument that we heard against a Final Say was that we have already voted and it would be undemocratic to have another vote.
There is a very negative view, by both those saying Yes and those saying NO, of the Government, the Labour leadership, and of politicians generally for the way in which this is all being dealt with.
SSTIE Brexitometer evidence shows that The demand for a People’s Vote is growing
Tonbridge 8th Dec 2018
SSTIE were aided on Saturday 8th December by some Tonbridge people from other groups and most encouragingly by several new people joining us at our Brexitometer. This bustle of people became a magnet for many passers by and drew many into discussions with us.
The results of our polling speak for themselves with 78% in favour of a People’s Vote and 73% in favour of No Brexit. These results echo what SSTIE has uncovered in the past fortnight in Swanley and Sevenoaks.
Continue reading “The demand for a People’s Vote is growing”
On Saturday 21 July Sevenoaks & Swanley Together in Europe (SSTIE) campaigned for a People’s Vote in Tonbridge High Street along with pro-EU activists from Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells (TW-IN).
Hundreds of leaflets with a link to the petition demanding a People’s Vote were accepted, 73 Tonbridge shoppers signed a paper copy of the petition and 245 expressed their opinion on the SSTIE Brexitometer board. Continue reading ““It’s an awful mess” say Tonbridge shoppers”