Sunday 14 May

Robert Straker, Claire and I went to help Gavin Barwell in Croydon Central by delivering leaflets for him.  There we met quite a few Beckenham activists - some of whom – (Left to Right) Richard Lieberg, Robert Straker, Councillor Alexa Michael, Claire Podbielski-Stewart, myself and Scott Pattende

Saturday 13 May

Back on campaigning today we went again to Eltham and joined Matt Hartley’s team for a mass delivery of leaflets.  There were quite a few other activists from Beckenham there too.  These included our Chairman Brian Cooke, Councillor Mary Cooke, Councillor Alexa Michael, Councillor Tom Philpott, G

Friday 12 May

I put personal campaigning on hold and I took a train to Cheshire and joined my old Army friends at Chester Castle.  Today was the annual Cheshire Regiment Reunion as well as the 25th anniversary of our entry into Bosnia as the first British United Nations troops.  It was particularly good to mee

Thursday 11 May

‘Ah, the Sensible Party’, said a woman who opened the door to me today on seeing my rosette.  She went on that only the Conservatives were grounded in reality whereas all the others seemed in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’. It was music to my ears.  I marked her down as a definite Conservative voter! 

Wednesday 10 May

I have mixed feelings about bringing family into politics but thought that Philip and Theresa May’s appearance together on BBC’s The One Show last night was a very good move.  The interview showed them to be what they are; utterly decent and sensible.  That matters a lot when we look at the futur

Tuesday 9 May

Today I started in Shortlands and spent a little time talking with Ed and Liz Werry (pictured).  Since I came to Beckenham seven years ago they have always been great friends and supporters.  After walking and talking to others, also in Shortlands, I went to the Beckenham Conservatives’ office in

Monday 8 May

At 11.30am this morning my agent, Tony Power and I, formally registered my name as the Conservative Candidate for Beckenham with the Electoral Registration Officer in the Civic Centre in Bromley.  Thankfully we managed to have all the many forms correctly filled out.  The first photograph shows u

Sunday 7 May

Tony Power and I went to help out Conservative Candidate Gavin Barwell in Central Croydon again.  We travelled to Shirley Hills Car Park, the established rendevous now, and from there got a bundle of leaflets to deliver.  There were quite a number of people from Beckenham there.  Tony and I deliv

Saturday 6 May

Today I began by dropping my son off at the BYMT for 9am.  Then I went and had breakfast with chums at in the Moonlight Cafe at 269 Croydon Road as I often normally do on a Saturday.  The Moonlight Cafe's owner is Mr Remzi Yidirum who is now a good friend.  This morning we were photographed toget

Friday 5 May

I walked to the Abbeyfield Retirement Home at 114 Bromley Road talking to people I passed as I did so.  One couple specifically stopped their car and chatted to me.  Everybody I spoke to seemed very supportive which was pleasant.