John Hayes

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The problem of Harpenden...

I think you have Hitchin. Hitchin will overwhelmingly vote Labour. It did at the last election. The problem is Harpenden and the villages in between. And it is here that we need to focus our resources if we are going to take the constituency. From now to whenever the election is we need to convince not Labour people in Hitchin, but Tory voters in Harpenden to switch. This involves strengthening the Harpenden Labour organisers and Hitchin volunteers being present in Harpenden on busy days (Saturday's in town?) to persuade and argue for Labour. I suggest this begins now, rather wait for any announcement of an election, when it will be too late. Thanks for the leaflet by the way. And I realise I am probably repeating what a lot of people have already said in meetings. I am happy to help out in this if needed. All the best, Dan Sayer

Labour Party leaflets

Hi John, there have been no Labour Party leaflets through the doors of Willian Road, Hitchin. Is there a reason for this? It makes it appear like you are not expecting to win. Strangely, Labour's is the only leaflet that we have not received   Thanks

Election Address

Dear Resident of Hitchin and Harpenden I am delighted to be the Labour Party candidate for the constituency where I live. When the General Election was called, I saw it as an opportunity to step forward and do my bit. During my teaching career I have seen the devastating impact that years of austerity and unnecessary upheaval in school organisation are having on our children’s education. The school of which I am head in Camden serves an ethnically and culturally diverse population. It is an amazing place and it is a privilege to work with very dedicated individuals who do what they do because it makes a difference. But too frequently I see under-resourced, declining services struggling to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Growing numbers of families that I meet on a daily basis are forced to use food banks, and far too many children live in inadequate and expensive housing. I see the decline of Britain’s living standards not only in London, but increasingly in our own constituency. Despite its apparent prosperity, in Hitchin and Harpenden there are pockets of deprivation, inadequate housing, poverty in work, poor health care and struggling schools, the effects of which touch all of us. The Conservative policy of systematic underfunding of our NHS and all  of our public services needs to be put right. Continue reading

An Introduction

I am delighted to have been selected as the Labour Party candidate for the constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden.   I first joined the party as a teenager but lapsed when I went into teacher training at what was then Hertfordshire College of Higher Education near Watford. Now living with my wife and family in Chesfield ward I joined the Hitchin branch and just over a year ago became branch chair. In that time I stood as ward candidate in the local elections in 2016; campaigned during the referendum for the UK to remain in the EU; and more recently in support of our councillors in district and county elections.   Continue reading