Campaigning in Bexleyheath
I've just got back from a morning canvassing for my friend Howard Dawber, who is the Labour parliamentary candidate for Bexleyheath & Crayford in SE London.
Howard is one of a number of very dynamic Labour candidates fighting to regain seats lost to the opposition in 2005 - Bexleyheath was Labour in both the 1997 and 2001.
Judging from the quality of the campaign he is running, with some innovative literature, lots of young activists and a lot of good old-fashioned door-knocking, we have a chance of taking the seat back.
The canvassing gave grounds for optimism - we were in typical prosperous suburban streets of semis in the best Tory ward in the constituency - including the street where the Tory MP lives - and identified a lot of solid Labour support, and many voters who are waiting to see how the Brown administration pans out before deciding which way to vote.