I am the Labour candidate in Bixley ward for Ipswich borough council in the local government elections in May. If you live there, vote for me. I think my mum will, because she lives there, in a bungalow about half-a-mile from where we lived when I was a kid ... but otherwise it's a tough one. 'Tory since the beginning of time', as my dad put it 30 years ago. Anyway, I'm going to try not to say anything stupid or outrageous in the next couple of months but will be blogging on what it's like to be a first-time candidate in a solid Tory ward. And I'm really looking forward to it!