On Tuesday night Anawar built on the momentum of his strong grassroots campaign at a hustings event at the University of Hertfordshire.
The warm response Labour activists have been receiving on the doorstep across large swathes of Welwyn Hatfield was replicated in the auditorium.
Anawar pledged to help build a fairer society in which everybody has the chance to prosper, taking this positive message to the voters while challenging Grant Shapps and the Conservative record.
He demanded large corporations pay their way and stated that a minimum wage of £10 is a necessity to end the shameful reality of low pay Britain where, far too often, working parents need to visit food banks to feed their families.
Grant Shapps tried to convince people that, despite being one of the richest countries in the world, Britain could not afford to pay for tuition fees, a fair living wage or properly funded public services.
Anawar made it clear that this country is not broke and that the Government has a choice over what it spends money on.
It can choose to slash corporation tax rates for the profits of the largest businesses and the wealthiest individuals including those earning over £123,000.
Or it can choose to provide school meals for all primary children and ensure no child is hungry in the classroom; provide childcare for young families; unshackle students from the chains of extortionate debt by scrapping tuition fees; raise the minimum wage to £10 to ensure work pays and families can keep their heads above water; and fund vital public services including our NHS, police officers and fire brigades.
These positions brought applause from the diverse audience which included students and a range of residents from across the constituency.
Grant Shapps stuck to his party line Theresa May’s mandate for Brexit’ but her pattern of u-turns, including notably the dementia tax, alongside her recent public performances, blunted these arguments.
Anawar reminded people of the continuing, crippling Conservative cuts to the NHS and Labour’s proposal to halt the programme of cuts and give our hospitals and medical staff the funding they need.
Overall the Labour candidate was grateful to the University for providing the opportunity to engage with voters in the run-up to the General Election with a slight change of environment from the doorstep and the street stall.
Anawar looks forward to maintaining Labour’s momentum, continuing taking positive and popular policies to the electorate, and delivering the message to people that things can be changed; convincing people that with hope, fight and determination we can break free from the Conservative chokehold around our economy, our society and our communities.
He made it clear that now is the time for change, that with their votes the people have the power to effect that change, and that on 8 June Welwyn Hatfield can choose a brighter future.