My blogging may get a bit sketchy over the next few weeks, as we enter the "short campaign", so apologies for that.
I've spent the weekend getting out about half of our first leaflet of the campaign - it makes the point on the front cover that Labour has delivered big improvements to the whole of Darlington - 8 brand new schools opened in the last 4 years, and 6 more on the way; 3,000 new jobs created with Council help since 1997; £25 million invested in roads and pavements since 1997; South Park restored to its former glory; newly-refurbished Dolphin Centre; 11 full-time community wardens and more state-of-the-art CCTV cameras; and finally that the new town centre Pedestrian Heart is nearing completion.
Inside, though, the point is hammered home that Labour works in every community too. We've got a map of the ward on the inside pages, which in the case of Haughton West has 22 examples of where the Labour Council and Labour Councillors have made a difference - some big some small schemes, but all which have made a difference to the quality of local residents' lives. At a time when politics is becoming more and more local, it's a strong message to highlight how voting Labour really does change things for the better.