To Hartlepool today, to speak at the Constituency Party's Annual General Meeting ahead of June's European elections.
The party in Hartlepool needs less encouragement than most to get out and campaign ahead of June 4th - they have elections for Mayor on the same day (as do North Tyneside).
Labour's candidate is Chris Simmons, who also spoke at the meeting. Chris is a natural communicator, and told us about the work he and Labour Group leader Jonathan Brash have been doing, visiting and more importantly listening to residents' groups around Hartlepool.
The current Mayor is of course former H'Angus the Monkey mascot Stuart Drummond. Stuart won the first Mayoral election very much on an 'anti-politician' ticket, and increased his majority four years ago by repeating the trick.
It isn't enough, however, to throw buckets of manure over other politicians in order to secure election. Effective elected Mayors also have to take decisions - sometimes tough ones - to take their community forward. It's here that Stuart has fallen well short. And unfortunately for him, it seems he's been rumbled.
In Chris, Labour has an excellent candidate who would make a first class elected Mayor. He talked about his priorities to boost leisure and improve access to public transport for all residents. He recognises the pressing need to deliver an efficient council operation. Most importantly, rather than rely on press gimmicks, Chris will concentrate on positive action. He wants Hartlepool to be a destination and not a departure point.
I wish him well, and look forward to working with him and the rest of Labour's team in the run-up to June's elections. You can see Chris' website here.