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Campaign diary – Week 4

May 1, 2010

So, in a flash, the last full week of the campaign is coming to an end…

It has been jam-packed with visits, and canvassing and leaflet delivery – so many hoots and waves and a sense of real momentum for the Liberal Democrats.

Tuesday morning: a meeting first thing at Observer Towers with chief reporter Richard Morris, to give the Lib Dem perspective on the current state of play in the election. 

On to Ashdown ward to do some campaigning.  Then out to East Guldeford to meet with Bill Cooke and Phil Cornish from the National Farmers’ Union.  A wide-ranging discussion and some fabulous chocolate cake courtesy of Mrs Cooke.  Late afternoon at Concordia Hall in Gensing for a young people’s inter-faith meeting.  Early to bed in order to be up and at ’em at the Conquest – for our hospital parking charges demo, first thing in the morning.

Got to the hospital on Wednesday at ten to seven.  Oof.  Many thanks to Shirley Learthart and Bill for their efforts – and to Daniel from Reilley House who came and rattled his St Michael’s Hospice box with gusto!  We raised just over £350 on the day, so many thanks too to all those people who showed their support by donating £1.  On to the Lighthouse Project – a new private sector mental health rehab unit on London Road run by my old mate Steve Sullivan.  I wish them every success in the project – which has been refurbished to an incredibly high standard and is already a credit to Steve and his very able team.  Then on to Xtrax at Harold Place to a hustings, with Michael and Amber, for some of the young people that Xtrax supports.  This was a superb meeting, with about thirty young people taking us politicians to task on various different issues.  Wonderful!

Thursday – to Icklesham and Rye Harbour for a leaflet drop in the morning and back to Hastings for more canvassing via a superb fish and chip lunch and a pint of Harvey’s at the Inkerman Arms.  Cooking for the family in the evening as it was the last of the Leaders’ Debates.  Nick Clegg is an enormous asset for our party, and has really shaken the political establishment over the last couple of weeks.  Long may his whirlwind effect on British politics continue.

Friday: photo taken by Mr Rooney in his Norman Road photographic studio, followed by a quick trip over to Eastbourne to lend a hand in a very important seat for us to win on 6 May.  Stephen Lloyd has a superb team there, and they are all working round the clock to deliver the change of MP that local people clearly want.  Then over to the Udimore Road in the afternoon to press the flesh.  Fantastic poster site given to us by the neighbour of the outgoing Mayor of Rye (and Labour-supporter) Sam Souster.  My Rye colleagues will be delighted!  In the evening: to the PCS Union hustings at the Chatsworth Hotel, Hastings.  An interesting debate raising some important issues for civil servants – a large proportion of the workforce in Hastings.  A shame that my Conservative counterpart was not able to make it…

Saturday morning and a whistlestop tour around the outlying shopping districts of Hastings and St Leonards.  Glad to have been able to lend my support to the new market opening opposite our Lib Dem Centre – flyering in Norman Road, Kings Road, up at Silverhill and in the centre of Ore Village.

And now it’s nose to the grindstone until 10pm on Thursday.  There is everything to play for!

You can make a donation to Nick’s campaign via the local party website PayPal button

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