Jim Fitzpatrick: We need a new kind of politics
By Jim Fitzpatrick
Since Labour kicked off the party conference season the other week the news has been full of political stories and policies.
We've also had the front bench reshuffles, which are the equivalent of the football transfer window in politics. What each party will be saying at the next election and who will be saying it is set.
The Tories are playing a strong hand with economic competence and Labour is rightly focusing on the cost of living, a story that will resonate with many people.
There's no doubt it's going to be a tough election for the Tories, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and any other party. People are sick and tired of politics as it is but they are still very concerned about their day to day worries and an uncertain future.
Instead of banging on about Left versus Right, whose dad said what when he was 17, and poll numbers we should be bringing Westminster to people's doorsteps and showing them how it can make a difference to their lives.
Labour has had a decent crack at this with its energy price freeze but there's still a lot of work to do. It's clear people want action on immigration and benefits, a clampdown on runaway prices, good jobs and all together a fairer society.
In the coming months it's up to politicians to show that we are listening and we can deliver.
In doing so then perhaps we can win back some of the trust we've lost and pave the way for a new kind of politics.
■ Jim Fitzpatrick is MP for Poplar and Limehouse