After an eventful Easter break, there was plenty of interest in this week’s Parliamentary debates as MPs returned to the House of Commons.
But next month, the big political story will be closer to home as voters head to the polling stations to have their say in local elections across the country.
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of our local councillors and the work that they do. The big decisions might be made in Westminster but it is in town halls up and down the country where these policies become reality.
With that in mind, it is absolutely vital that we elect a council that can make the right choices and act in the best interest of the people of Rochdale.
This week Rochdale Labour Party launched its manifesto for the May election, making a very strong case that Labour is the best choice for our town.
Since taking full control of the council in 2011, the Labour team has done a great deal to protect vital services, rejuvenate the town centre and attract visitors by promoting our unique heritage.
This is despite £200 million of cuts imposed first by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition and now by a Tory majority Government.
The manifesto unveils an impressive and credible plan to build on this success by focusing on three key areas.
Labour will boost the local economy by helping small businesses with a £1 million investment scheme, offering grants to firms taking on apprentices and creating micro business units to help new firms set up.
Labour are also dedicated to improving the prospects of the next generation by investing in libraries and setting a target to exceed national averages for GCSE results by 2017.
Finally, Labour will address the growing problem of the environment in Rochdale by improving street cleaning and fixing potholes.
As a former councillor myself, I know how important it is to have a clear and detailed vision for the future of the borough, and this is exactly what Labour are offering.
On May 7, I urge everyone in Rochdale to remember that only a strong Labour council will deliver a thriving economy, better schools and a town centre we can all be proud of.