They all tell me that they are hard at work on the stump and understand that I might be busy campaigning too.
Unfortunately, given that TB is likely to declare his resignation in the next fortnight, and with him John Prescott, the campaign for the Deputy Leadership has presumably had to kick off despite the distractions.
Lots of party members I know will not be checking their emails until Friday, being far too busy for such fripperies. For me, I only get by through posting in the middle of the night, sheesh.
So we wont hear their calls for support until we have heard the results of this year's local elections.
However, timetables and planning dictate that we do have to give some thought to this subject, however distracting it may be, so I am going to allow myself a bit of time to address this.
Hilary, Peter and Alan have all spoken at Labour Party dinners in Liverpool in the last six months and I understand Jon Cruddas came to do a public meeting (although I did not go). Hilary also took some time out to meet some local party members who have come from Africa and wanted to talk about the situation in their home countries, which was very much appreciated.
So we in Liverpool are being properly feted.
Hazel Blears came out campaigning with our members in Liverpool about three weeks ago (you lose all track of time during an election don't you. I sometimes have to stop in the middle of a campaign story retelling to think whether it happened today or yesterday!)
I have never had any doubt, once she finally declared her candidature, that I would be supporting her for the Deputy Leadership. In fact I was waiting and waiting for her to put herself forward and beginning to doubt it would ever happen.
Actually most of the candidates are good people and we will consider ourselves fortunate whichever we get, by and large, but there are some things about Hazel that make her special.
For one thing she is a woman and I would like to see the Labour Party embrace a woman in this post, especially as it seems there will be no women running for the leadership of the Party. I know the LP in Liverpool has made massive strides and is only a week away from being very close to parity in both its MP representation and its Labour Group of Councillors membership. However this is not the same throughout the country in the LP where women can still lag behind. We need a woman in at least one of the top two positions in the party.
For another thing she is a northerner, and that counts a lot to me, I want to deal with someone who has the same sense of place in the world as I do. Someone who understands the needs of the people who live in the north and will stand up for them. Someone who is Salford instead of Stratford, you could say.
Then of course she is a proper street-hardened campaigner, like me she loves nothing more than getting out onto the doorsteps and the markets and the school gates and talking to real people about real issues rather than being stuck in the Westminster village.
She is a long-time campaigner for things like the Respect Agenda, that we should champion ordinary working people in their fight against louts and yobs and trouble-causers (anti-social behaviour as it has become fashionable to call it).
Okay so she is not very tall and she smiles a lot, frankly I dont think that being tall or dour has all that much to offer, that we can afford to overlook someone so dynamic. And being a "smiler" myself, I just dont see why that is a problem, she is happy in her work, like me, and good luck to her for that.
She is accused of being a Blairite and on the right wing of the party. That is frankly not true. What Hazel is, is a loyal, hard-working, passionate and dedicated member of the Labour Party, just like me. She will be loyal to any leader, just like me. If you are a mad-keen football fan then you will always support your team, it wont matter who the captain is, or the manager, or where the ground is, or what colour the strip is, they will always be YOUR team, right? Hazel, like me, feels just the same about the Labour Party.
I am reminded of my old boss, Regional Director of the Labour Party, Andrew Sharp. He had served under five leaders of the Labour Party and was a loyal and passionate supporter of each. Indeed, it is our Party, always and forever and we will always wear the scarf with pride.
That doesn't mean you don't criticise or that you don't have your say in the corridoors or in the meetings, but it does mean that you are always on side because the alternative is the Tories or the LibDems, the Nationalists or any other disaster story.
When Hazel came to Liverpool, it was not to speak at a dinner, although I am sure she would do a great job, it was to knock on doors in Yew Tree and in Speke with our Labour activists. (As the attached photo will show).
She walked the streets and talked to real Liverpool residents, she might be short in stature but she is huge in confidence and passion and also detail.
I am proud to be on her side in this campaign and I call on you to join me in supporting Hazel, whether you are a woman, a northerner, a grass roots campaigner or a passionate defender of the "red" team.
Why would you want to vote for anyone else?