I have been re-selected as the Labour candidate for Hammersmith and cleared my diary so I can spend every day out talking and listening to people in Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith and Fulham.
You don’t have to wait until I knock on your door, though. Let me know the issues that matter to you here.
I am shocked by the cynicism and dishonesty that Theresa May exhibited in manufacturing an election on false grounds and in contradiction to her often repeated promise.
Two weeks ago she was telling journalists and her own MPs to their faces that there would be no poll until 2020, while planning the current campaign with her closest advisers.
Her excuse – the threat to Brexit – is palpably untrue. She triggered Article 50 by a majority of 5 to 1. She, a Remain voter, has embraced not just Brexit but the hardest and most damaging type of Brexit, partly because she is in thrall to her own extremists and the anti-European press, and partly because she thinks she can use it to divide her opponents.
None of this makes her a suitable candidate to be Prime Minister.
I am happy to fight this as a Brexit election if she wants. As I’ve written before I think Brexit and in particular May’s hard Brexit – out of the single market, out of the customs union, cosying up to dictatorships in a desperate effort to replace lost European trade – is a disaster for our country on social, economic, cultural and security terms.
However, if we let Brexit be the only issue, we let this government off the hook. Brexit is Britain’s downhill path, and the harder it is, the steeper the decline. But it is also a distraction from the more urgent and more dramatic collapse of our public services and quality of life.
Andy Slaughter, Labour Candidate for Hammersmith