Yesterday we had our first "campaign day" of the year. The plan was to get out our second piece of literature. You always feel a bit apprehensive in the days before such big projects. They rely entirely on the generous donation of time by volunteers and supporters. And everyone has a lot of competiton for their time: family, work and their other commitments in the community.
People often have a cynical view of political parties but it is important to remember that, fundamentally, they are voluntary organisations and they rely on hundreds of thousands of ordinary people across the country giving up their time for free and paying their membership subscriptions to make democracy in this country possible.
As a candidate, if you don't persuade volunteers to lend a hand, you don't get your message across. But yesterday was an extraordinary start that surpassed all my expectations. Sixty three people turned up in a single day of action and between them got out almost 25,000 pieces of literature. And there were other volunteers who couldn't make it on Saturday but wanted to play their part and have offered to pick up some of the remaining delivery rounds to do in their own time over the next couple of weeks. When it is all done we will have delivered more than 90 percent of the homes in the constituency.
So a huge thank you to all those volunteers who were willing to lend a hand this weekend - and play their part in making our democracy work.