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Thursday 18 May

Today the Conservative Manifesto was launched by the Prime Minister in what was once political enemy territory but now, maybe, the ‘no man’s land’ of Halifax.  Our Manifesto seems fair, sensible and realistic – especially when it comes to accounting for the nation’s finances.  Unlike Labour and t

Wednesday 17 May

Today I concentrated on the South of the Constituency starting in Coney Hall and walking down Gates Green Road to Nash before going cross-country (soaked!) to Fox Lane, up to Keston Village and then through Hayes Common to re-join the car.

Tuesday 16 May

Up to now in this campaign I hadn’t been in Old Hayes beyond travelling through it to go to somewhere like Keston.   So, I put that right today when I walked around the shops in Hayes Street.  The photograph shows me with Lee and Yusuf at the Hayes Village Fish Bar. 

Monday 15 May

I gather the pollster company, YouGov, has reported that support for staying in the European Union has nose-dived from about 48 per cent to about 22 per cent of the population.  Apparently 68 per cent of the electorate also now believe that we must come out of the EU.  I don’t trust opinion polls

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