2015 is the year where the voters of Hemel Hempstead will be asked to make a choice at the General Election. Do we want to be the kind of town that leaves the future to chance and returns to 1930s levels of public spending or do we want a town that plans for growth, listens to its citizens and builds a place where our children will prosper.
In the past 12 months unprecedented numbers of families have been approaching charities in Hemel asking for help for debt counselling and how to access food banks, and many of those under pressure are about to be hit by the annual rail fare increases.
Thousands are being priced out of the London housing market and are coming to towns like Hemel where people who have lived here a long time are worried about the capacity of our infrastructure - our schools, roads and hospital - to cope with the speed of change.
The Tories at Dacorum have been in power for almost a generation and they have broken their promise to rebuild the Pavilion, bring A&E back to Hemel and continue to botch the regeneration of the town centre.
Labour has a plan to modernise Hemel, help us put the heart back into Hemel.
Tony Breslin, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hemel Hempstead