A Hectic Monday
Today was a rush of activity, catching up on admin, making tea for our wonderful volunteers who are such an important part of our campaign, visits to local people and canvassing.
I met up with some mums and toddlers in North Prospect. Early years education through Sure Start Centres and good nursery care has to be the best way to set up a child for life, and why our policies are making sure that we have a whole lifelong system for education and training. Labour has promised to extend 30 hours free child care to all 2-year-olds. The best start in life makes sure people have the best future later on.
I also met some Plymouth Community Homes Rangers. They are vital workers who make sure that not only are the homes and flats well looked after and maintained, but also they are a friendly face that tenants can contact easily. With reduced funding due to the austerity cuts imposed on the council, it's essential that organisations like Housing Associations and look out for people who could easily become isolated and vulnerable.
Luke and I then made a little video at Labour HQ to encourage people to come in to help, to fight for what they support. Across Devon we encourage people in the West of the county to get to Plymouth and work for Labour MPs to be returned, and in the East to head to Exeter to help Ben Bradshaw. It will be great to have three Devon Labour MPs again.
As has quickly become a tradition (in two weeks!) last thing yesterday was a wet, windy canvass in Whitleigh, joined by local Councillor Jon Taylor. We met Plymouth's best-informed voter - a woman who is housebound and only watches 24 hour news. We got an in-depth grilling on education, housing and health policy - and, yes, she will be voting for me and Labour on June 8th! An uplifting end to the day.