ON Saturday, I held the first of my fortnightly street surgeries.
These are a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about the issues that matter most to people in Shields, as well as to tell people about Labour’s plan for a fairer recovery that works for the many and not just the few by freezing energy bills, promoting a living wage and building a million new homes to ease the pressure on our housing stock.
I had a great response from people I met on the doorstep, young and old, who were keen to talk to me about changes they would like to see locally and nationally.
I was also very pleased with the turnout from volunteers, and thank you very much to those who came.
For those of you who are interested in joining us next time, we have upcoming street surgeries in Whiteleas on October 26, and in Horsley Hill on November 9.
To find out more about how you can take part, contact my office on 427 1240.
One thing that struck me about this weekend’s surgery was the enthusiasm of the young people I spoke to, all of whom had strong opinions about what was going on in their community and across the country.
We often hear that young people are apathetic about politics, but the young men and women I spoke to this weekend showed a real desire to get involved and change their communities for the better.
We all have a right to have our voices heard and to take part in decisions about our future, young or old.
I look forward to seeing you on the doorstep soon to hear more about the changes you think Britain needs.