Not everything went to plan however. I got stuck in a lift in Shipton House with Jill Fraser, Keith Moffitt, Gillian Risso-Gill and 2 local voters. We had not quite made the 5th floor when the lift came to a halt. Some local teenagers on the outside called the fire brigade for us while Jill called the Council's after hours hotline. Keith made contact with our team elsewhere in the block to explain why we weren't completing our canvassing. Meanwhile yours truly tweeted for support. Lord Bonkers of Liberator fame suggested we canvass the two local voters, which we already had done. They were Lib Dem supporters and agreed to take a poster for their window. Very generously they indicated their trolley contained their food and drink for the week, so we could survive a few days.
The Fire Brigade duly arrived and as is always the case in Haverstock Jill recognised the officer in charge of the rescue operation from his voice. (Is there no one in the area she does not know?) One scary moment came when he asked whether there were councillors inside, hinting that the speed of his rescue might be affected. We said there were real people inside too so the banging and crashing continued apace until the doors were prised open.
The sauna like conditions inside gave way to some fresh air outside the lift, although calling London air fresh is probably an overstatement. I think we were stuck for about 20 minutes in total, but that was enough for me. However I much a get on with my fellow Liberal Democrat colleagues, getting that close and personal in a lift has its limitations.
Later on we congregated in the Enterprise pub emblazoned with Lib Dem posters, which made me reflect that we had seen plenty of ours in the ward, and only a few Labour ones. We probably outnumbered the Labour posters by 4 to 1 in the area we had canvassed. A good display at this stage with less than a week to go.