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This Pride there are some big milestones to celebrate: it's half a century since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. It's three years since the UK voted to legalise same-sex marriage. And in the recent general election 45 openly lesbian, gay or bisexual MPs were elected, making up 7% of the House of Commons - this is a new record not just for the UK but globally.

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This month marks 1 year since the launch of More United, and we would like you to celebrate with us at the On Track for Summer festival.

What a night. 

With 69% turnout, the election has ended in a hung parliament.

I think it's fair to say that nobody expected the results we've had. It will be a few days before we know exactly what it all means, but one thing is certain: this is a huge win for More United.

34 out of our 49 candidates have been elected to Parliament.

That's success rate of 70% - an incredible achievement for this movement and a strong victory for progressive values and centrist, collaborative politics.

If you've been out campaigning before, you're probably familiar with terms like canvassing and phonebanking, and you'll know all about leafleting. But maybe this is your first time campaigning on Election Day itself.

 

What exactly happens on polling day and what will you be asked to do?

 

There's a lot of vocab you'll hear bandied about - terms like "telling", "tea-time knock-up" and "delivering cards". Don't worry about the jargon. It all boils down to one thing.

 

Candidates and their teams try to GOTV: get out the vote.

 

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It’s now just over a week until election day. The last manifestos have been launched, postal votes are being dispatched, the gloves are off.

Thousands of people around the country are out knocking on doors, or holed up in phone banks, helping their local candidate's campaign - and in the final 7 days of the campaign this activity is going to reach boiling point.

More United already has hundreds of volunteers across the UK who are helping us support candidates in whatever ways they can.

But most people aren't seasoned activists - for most people terms like 'canvassing', 'phone bank' and 'GOTV' are meaningless wonk-speak. When politicians talk about getting out on the doorstep, what do they actually mean? 

Well, Leah's been volunteering with More United over the last few weeks to help us coordinate our on-the-ground campaign efforts. She was out last weekend to help Rosena Allin-Khan in Tooting, so I chatted to her to get the layman's low-down on canvassing. 

Read on for easy explanations and top tips, and then find a campaign day near you to try our your new-found knowledge...

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