IN A few short weeks voters in Harrow and Brent will be going to their polls to elect the next government - and a candidate to represent them at Westminster for the next five years.
With the economy still finely balanced between recession and recovery, and the prospect of swingeing cuts being felt at a local level during the next parliament, the stakes are higher than at any other time in living memory.
To help you make your choice the Observer will be bringing you news from the respective campaign trails, and parliamentary candidates will post regular blogs on our indispensable new general election website, which you can access at http://elections.harrowobserver.co.uk
The site will give voters the opportunity to post their views and question the candidates.
We also want readers to send in their questions for would-be MPs.
We want your help to draft a list of questions that can be put to all the candidates of the major parties to establish whether they are up to the job of dealing with the main issues in Harrow and Brent.
You may be worried about the threat of high rise developments in
Harrow or the state of Tube stations in Brent. Whatever the issue we want to hear about it.
Shujaul Azam, multimedia content manager for the Harrow Observer, said: "Now is the time for you to scrutinise closely those who wish to represent you. This is a real opportunity to make sure your voice is heard. What are the key issues that you want addressing by those seeking your vote on May 6?
"Whether it's the the future plans for Harrow town centre, the run-down railway stations in Wembley, changes proposed by the health authorities in the way hospitals and surgeries will be run, the general state of our roads, or getting a real choice of school places for our kids, let us know.
"We'll put your questions to the prospective candidates, pin them down and make sure they answer your concerns."
You can log on to the new election website, email the newsdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your questions to Harrow and Wembley Observer, Gazette House, 28 Bakers Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1RG.