The last couple of days have been focussed on traditional campaigning - getting out on the streets and doorsteps, and talking to local people about their priorities. The number of volunteers coming forward to get involved has been truly overwhelming, with a team of 12 out with me in Chilwell today and 16 in Beeston last night! If you would like to get involved, just drop me a line.
Two BIG issues are coming up again and again on the doorsteps this week:
- Firstly, fracking - people in Attenborough, Chilwell and Toton are concerned about the potential impacts on Attenborough Nature Reserve. My position is very clear - I'm against fracking, I have voted against fracking and I will continue to vote against fracking. Anna Soubry is on record saying she believes fracking is a "good idea". I could not disagree more. Fracking is an unsustainable carbon technology. It won't lower wholesale gas prices and it won't provide long term jobs.
- I also heard lots of concerns about skills and training. Businesses of all sizes and industries have, for many years, worried about the rising skills gap in the UK. We have had problems ever since the Tories ripped up training legislation in the 1980s. This has led to skills shortages in vital sectors and prevented us developing a sustainable jobs market for our young people. It's a problem the Tories have ignored for years, and it's not going away.
Labour, through the National Education Service announced today, will address these issues and ensure the right training is available for people of all ages to develop the skills they and our businesses need.
Tomorrow you'll find me out on the doorsteps again with the team - I hope to meet you there.