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Campaign diary – Week 3

April 23, 2010

Another solid performance from Nick Clegg last night in the Sky Debate on Foreign Affairs has consolidated the week for us Liberal Democrats.

Locally, the pace has been frenetic. Monday evening we had a fantastic turnout – there must have been at least four hundred people – at the Hastings & Rye Church Together Q&A at St John’s Church, Brittany Road, chaired by the Bishop of Lewes. There was a terrific atmosphere, and an opportunity for each of the candidates to set out their respective stalls. After a long passage of praise for Gordon Brown from Michael Foster, I joked that come May 7, we might be seeing the future Lord Foster of Wishing Tree. Michael said it would be Lord Foster of Hollington – so I guess they must have had a conversation already..?

Tuesday morning I visited some of the residents at Mount Pleasant Court sheltered accommodation with Pam Brown. It was great to be able to get into some of the nitty gritty of our manifesto – answering questions about what we would do about the Winter Fuel Allowance, which the Lib Dems are hoping to extend to people with severe disabilities. Afternoon’s work was with our candidate in Old Hastings ward, Stuart Murphy, knocking on doors in Clive Vale. Stuart has worked hard and we are hopeful of a good result in the ward on 6 May.

Wednesday morning out on the Tilling Green Estate in Rye, talking to people about the parlous situation for our fishermen. And then off to Brighton in the afternoon to be part of the ‘Food for Thought’ slot for BBC South East today – the take off of ‘Come Dine with Me’ for their election coverage. Had a meal with the Conservative and UKIP candidates for Brighton Pavilion, and our subject was housing – a really important one for our constituency. I was able to have a good go about Planning issues, and our policy of facilitating third party appeals…

Visit to St Michael’s Hospice on Thursday. An emotional one for me, as it brought memories of mum’s time in Willowbrook Hospice flooding back. What a wonderful local organisation this is. I am very pleased that half of the money raised by our Hospital Parking Charges demo, to take place at the Conquest next Wednesday (28/04), will be going to St Michael’s…

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