“It feels like I’ve been campaigning for 100 years”, says Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate.
But as the election edges ever closer, Andrew Pakes, 41, spends most of his evenings and weekends out on the city doorsteps campaigning with councillors and volunteers.
Mr Pakes, who is running for the MK South seat, said: “Politics isn’t about what is happening in Westminster or on television - the bully boys shouting at each other in Prime Minister’s Questions - what politics is really about is meeting people and listening to their stories.
“I loved growing up in Milton Keynes, it is a brilliant city for families with the green spaces and the opportunities out there, but it makes me really sad to see so many families now struggling to get by.
“The economy is beginning to get better, but that’s not passing on to too many families.”
After being defeated in Milton Keynes North in 2010 by long-standing Tory MP Mark Lancaster, Mr Pakes was selected as a candidate for MK South three years ago.
When asked if he thinks he can win in May, Mr Pakes said: “Absolutely, I’ve been working really really hard.”
> In the run-up to the election, reporter Amanda Devlin will be out and about with all candidates fighting for the hotly contested Milton Keynes South seat.
> To watch the first video with elected MP Iain Stewart click here.