Essex County Council today launches the #FairDeal4Essex campaign.

For many people it may seem like London is the absolute epicentre of the universe.

And nobody is saying the capital is without its advantages.

With a whole range of stunning tourist and cultural attractions, some of the world’s leading restaurants and an incredible multi-cultural society, London is without doubt one of the world’s best cities.

But, of course, there is far more to the country than just the Big Smoke.

It is incredible funding per person from central Government is nearly three times less in Essex than it is for people in London.

The shortfall is leaving local authorities hamstrung with what they can realistically achieve.

Essex County Council’s vision for the area is ambitious, there is no two ways about that, but it can be achieved if they can secure the requisite funding.

Essex, like the rest of the country, is changing and hopefully it can be a positive thing with the people elected to lead the county hopefully prepared to lead the charge.

Improving infrastructure, stimulating economic growth and ensuring education attainment continues to improve are all priorities every resident can get behind.

Hopefully, whatever way you are minded politically, you can get behind the #FairDeal4Essex campaign which will help the county get a leg up on the ladder.

By working together, Essex can become one of the UK’s leading economies which will provide benefits for everyone.