Way back when, in 2011 I said I wanted to help get the party working, especially with regard to elections, fix some of the issues we'd identified coming out of the 2010 General election, work on policy and do a few other bits and pieces before hopefully standing as a candidate. Well, I think that time has come. So, I've tendered my resignation as campaigns officer and will now be doing more with the Party in Sheffield.
To be clear, I will remain in post until the election is run and will be able to offer both a handover and ongoing support where it is needed.
That will mean I'll have less time for the national, I won't be spending anything like as much time in Manchester, but I will follow my own advice and start on the local. As well as putting the time I need to into my family and work, my energy and time will be focused on Sheffield.
What I'd really like to do what I wanted to do some time ago. Stand as a candidate, if the party in Sheffield will have me.
I'm actually really pleased that I can do this, the party is on a solid footing.
The office in Manchester underscores that. what we have achieved in terms of elections in the last two years makes it clear that we have changed significantly, we've stepped up. We aren't fighting fires, we are starting to light them.
Obviously the timing here is important, I obviously considered staying on until the next NEC elections, but I think I can do more in the General Election at the sharp end than I can do in support. I also happen to know that there are a few people who are interested in taking over the running of campaigns now that the additional tasking has been split out to other people. That means now is the ideal time to make this change, it gives me and any future campaigns officer enough time to get themselves in post and ready for the General Election.