The last full week of campaigning starts with Monday morning at a sheltered housing scheme in Ipswich. We generally get a good reception. Many people speak warmly about how much better off they are under Labour and most mention the Winter Fuel Allowance, without being prompted. It seems to be very popular with pensioners.
A campaign planning meeting with my Agent follows and then I spent the afternoon on the phone. Delivered some leaflets to a volunteer deliverer in Grange Farm - she had Sir Michael at her door the night before - extra help is always welcome.
Evening spent canvassing on the Whitton estate in Ipswich. Generally a good reception but immigration is the biggest issue. I do think that the Labour Government is taking this seriously and I do have some good facts to put to people on the doorstep. The Tories have definitely put immigration on the agenda I don't think that it is translating into votes for them. Many people are reassured by what we have to say and whose who are really bothered will be looking for a more right wing party.
I then attended a meeting with Chris Mole, Labour's candidate in Ipswich, and the local group who are campaigning for Trade Justice. I have a strong interest in this area and we have a good debate. Labour are spearheading the movement to improve the lives of ordinary Africans and I think the group recognised that. They do want the Government to go further, so hopefully we can work with them to make change happen faster.
Then when I got home there were two phone calls to be made. Firstly to a supporter in the country who had not had any communication from the Labour party - she offered to take a garden poster. Secondly to our organiser for Rushmere. He has just become a grandfather and is now back from visiting his new grandchild - he can now get on with delivering 2000 leaflets round his ward!