Towns used to be great places to live with a strong sense of community, thriving high streets, lots of green spaces and good local amenities.
But while our cities are booming, the towns have become left behind.
Too often our towns have ageing populations, a lack of jobs and opportunities and boarded up shops.
And there is growing anger that political parties don’t understand their residents’ needs, ambitions and frustrations.
While Labour is piling up votes in the major cities it is losing ground in towns such as Basildon, Nuneaton, Bolton and Wigan.
Lisa Nandy says this presents a real challenge for her party.
“Whoever starts to address the issues people are raising in our towns wont just win the next general election it will win the one after that.
“It’s a warning for Labour that the vote which has come out for us in 100 years is not guaranteed,” she says.