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Wednesday 7 June

Today was the last day of campaigning and inevitably hectic.  I started the day with an hour at Beckenham Junction where I was joined by Councillor Michael Tickner as well as Matt Dickens (photo).  Thereafter I visited Shortlands Station where I met up with Adolph Williams although others had jus

Tuesday 6 June

I am conscious that today is the 73rd anniversary of D Day and did pause to think what a tremendous achievement and sacrifice our armed forces made that day.

Monday 5 June

I have heard, from Eddie Pickering, that very sadly my friend Captain Alan Joseph has died.  Alan was a truly lovely  man who I have known since I was 20 years old.  He was a gentleman to his fingertips.

Sunday 4 June

I am very sorry that seven innocent people were murdered last night on and near London Bridge and my heart goes out to all the families who lost someone. The men that were responsible are utter scum.  Within 8 minutes from the first 999 call all three were shot dead by our great police force.

Saturday 3 June

I arrived back in Gatwick from my mother-in-law’s funeral at 0730hrs this morning and, after a brief pit-stop for breakfast with Robert Straker and other friends in Renzi Yildrim’s Moonlight Café on Croydon Road, I went directly to the West Wickham Conservative Street Stall in the High Street the

Thursday 1 - Friday 2 June

Very sadly my mother-in-law, Anne-Marie Podbielski, was taken ill and died in the early hours of Tuesday 30th May.  In order to pay my last respects and attend her funeral I will therefore be away in Geneva, Switzerland, today and tomorrow.    

Wednesday 31 May

Today I started standing in Elmers End (Tesco Car Park) and then went into Beckenham.  At Beckenham Junction I popped into Godfrey’s Shoe Repairs (where I always get my own shoes fixed) and where I was photographed with Luke Godfrey.  After lunch I went canvassing in Coney Hall.  The subject of s

Tuesday 30 May

Today I spent some time in Kelsey and Eden Park where I met up with Junior Soora, Phil Hartley and Amarit Soora of BBS Building Supplies.  Amarit showed me that he had put my campaign billboard on his trucks which tickled me as they go everywhere.

Monday 29 May

I was conscious that it was a bank holiday today and did not want to bother people on their doorsteps.  Nonetheless I felt it important to be on the streets and so my day started when Neil Cropper and I had a full English in Em and Lou’s Café.  Fortified for the day we then wandered around concen

Sunday 28 May

It was hot work delivering leaflets to three postal districts in Central Croydon today.  A team of three of us did so; Tony Power, Neil Cropper and myself spent 3 hours on the job.  Thereafter Neil and I went and did a walkabout in Beckenham before we ate a late lunch in Chom.