Last night Folkestone & Hythe MP Michael Howard joined Chatham & Aylesford Conservative members and friends for a wonderful dinner in Aylesford. We decided earlier on this year to take a gamble and host the dinner in the garden of one of our members knowing that the weather in theory should be reasonably good. However earlier this week when the team were erecting gazebos in the pouring rain it didn't look too good but thankfully the sun came out yesterday and it was warm and dry enough for us to all stay outside.
I first met Michael when I was 17 on a school trip to Parliament and whilst I was already interested in politics through my A-levels it wasn't until Michael encouraged me to get involved that I became actively interested. The rest, as the say, is history. Michael spoke very well about the current political environment but despite being egged on by mischievous activists he refused to reveal any secrets about the teenage girl he once knew who became his researcher, campaign team member, and now Parliamentary candidate! I only hope that in my vote of thanks in response, the protege didn't disappoint the master.
The evening finished a lot later than was expected due to the fabulous meal, most of which had been donated so that we could make maximum profit from the tickets for the campaign ahead. But all in all it was a brilliant evening and everyone seemed to enjoy it.