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Campaign diary – Week 2

April 19, 2010

Well they say a week is a long time in politics – and how right that adage seems to be.

An incredible reaction from the country to Nick Clegg in the first of the Leaders’ Debates.  However we Liberal Democrats are trying not to get distracted by the opinion polls, and are working even harder to get our key campaign messages across – on fair taxes; a fair start for every child; a fair future – creating jobs by making Britain greener, and a fair deal from politicians.

The three main parties’ campaigns in Hastings & Rye have been in the media spotlight this week with David Grossman and the Newsnight team coming down on Wednesday and The Politics Show coming to the Azur Marina Pavilion on Sunday.

I had a terrific visit to Reilley House Day Centre for adults with learning disabilities earlier in the week and a moving visit to the mosque in St Leonards on Friday.  This is an opportunity being afforded to the other parties too – to speak to the community after Friday prayers.  I welcome the efforts that Faisal and the Imam are making in respect of engaging with civic processes and institutions.  Brilliant!

And then there was the trip to see Hastings United at the Pilot Field on Saturday afternoon.  A thoroughly enjoyable time and a chance to hear from Dave Walters about the future plans for the Club.  A thrilling 0-0 draw was not enough to keep Hastings in the play-offs, but it is certainly not the last time that I shall be at the Pilot Field!

Finally, my condolences to the family of Conservative Cllr Roy Tucker who died unexpectedly this week.  He was contesting the Ore ward, and the election in that ward is suspended.

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