Yesterday, I took leave from my day job in the NHS to work on Council issues, the main one being a meeting with Bob Neill, the Local Government Minister, in Westminster. I went with my Chief Executive and Harlow’s hard working MP Rob Halfon, to argue the case for a bit more cash for Harlow.

I fully support the Coalition’s aims in reducing the national budget and have defended these both locally and nationally, but there are some issues I have with how the funding is worked out that leads me to think that Harlow deserves just a little slice more money over the next couple of years to help with our improvements that we have been making and strive to keep making.

Bob Neill was exceptionally well briefed about our situation and it was a pleasure to meet with him.

Today has been more tiring again. I think sleep deprivation may be catching up on me. The problem is that I already work full time in the NHS in a busy job, am Leader of Harlow council which is effectivly a second full time job and on top of that have been helping in the election campaign as much as possible in the few spare moments I do get. I sometimes wish we had 36 hour days, as I would be able to get more done!

So… can I look forward to good rest at the weekend? Of course not – weekends are the busiest times for election campaigners and not interrupted by work!

I have however been encouraged by the sheer number of volunteers that have descended to Harlow to help us try and win the General and Local elections. Thanks to all those people who are coming to Harlow to help out.