Envelopes and Education
Today started early with a campaign meeting. We found a quiet coffee shop away from the constant bustle of Plymouth Labour HQ, and managed to fit in a chocolate brownie as we talked and made sure we all knew what everyone else was doing. Then back to HQ - now a frenzy of activity as letters were being bundled into street groups, stuffed into envelopes and sent out on their way in the hands of Labour volunteers. We may not have thousands to spare for paid delivery like some, but we have an army of (extra)ordinary people giving up their time to work for me and the Labour Party.
Even during the election campaign you have other responsibilities. Today it was a meeting at Plympton Academy, where I am a school governor. The school is doing really well, and was the most improved secondary school for added value last year, but finances remain a concern - Plymouth schools receive less money per pupil than in other cities in Britain. Education is about giving our children the start in life they need, so that they have a solid foundation to build their own future on. The teachers I had meant that I was able to study up to A level, and then win a place at catering college. I had the privilege to pay back this debt to education by myself teaching Hospitality and Catering at South Devon College. I want the same chance for all young people. We all benefit when people can achieve their potential, and no schoolchild should be left behind or dumped into a second grade school.
The final session of the day was back in my old council patch of Leigham, meeting people who still remember me and who are so pleased that I am standing for Parliament. The long day was worth it and my reward was supper cooked for me by my daughter Jess.