In the past few days the election campaign has really began to crank up; Christmas has rapidly become a distant memory, while something tells me that May 7th will come around very quickly. In Hemel it has certainly been a busy week.
On Wednesday, together with two of our Council Candidates for Chaulden and Warners End, Ron and Margaret Coxage, I met with business owners at Warners End shops. Whatever a Labour Council does it will not, and cannot, keep proposing rent hikes for our small businesses of up to 100% - these businesses are the lifeblood of our community shopping centres.
On Saturday Mandy Tattershall our council candidate in Bennetts End and Mike Moore, former councillor and ace campaigner led the team canvassing in the ward where the weather was cold but where the welcome on the doorstep was much warmer.
Finally, the evenings have been spent drafting and checking the wording on leaflets and mapping out the programme for the coming days and weeks, when I'll be on the doorstep and out and about in the constituency, meeting community groups, business and community leaders, and those who provide our public services.
A hectic week - and the first of many more as we head to election day. If you can help Labour's campaign, fantastic but, whatever you do, make sure that you are registered to vote and that you use your vote. The stronger our Parliamentary majority, the more Labour Councillors that are elected, the more that we can do to put the Heart back into Hemel.
As I keep reminding people, we lost this seat by less than 500 votes less than 10 years ago. Let's make sure we win it back on May 7th. I'm convinced that we can and determined that we will.