Saturday, 5 September 2009

I'm back!

Now that I have done two suitcases of washing and hung it all out on the line, cleaned the fridge after finding something that once resembled an onion, unpacked the food shopping and popped out to buy a raffle prize for a fundraising event in Aylesford tomorrow, I can sit down and reflect on what has been happening whilst I've been away.

Obviously the first thing to do is to say congratulations to Tashi on his fabulous by-election win on Thursday. Luton & Wayfield has not had a Conservative Councillor for over 40 years and so it was a historic victory and one that I do not think local residents will regret. I went canvassing with Tashi a few times before I headed off to France and I genuinely believe that if he applies the energy and enthusiasm to being a councillor as he did on the doorsteps then we will see some pretty swift improvements in the area. Tashi has said he will work closely with Cllrs Tony and Val Goulden, two former Labour Councillors who I like and have previously worked with on a local issue and who now sit as Independents after being cast aside by the local Labour Party. Local Tory blogger Alan Collins carried a post on their resignation but the most interesting part of the post is the comment from Tony and Val's daughter giving the real story. When I heard the news about the Gouldens I rang and left a message on their answer machine - not to gloat or to dig further but simply to check they were ok. Leaving a party you've fought blood, sweat and tears for must be an extremely difficult thing to do and Michelle's comments make it clear how hard it has been for the whole family. So now Luton & Wayfield has a Conservative Councillor ready to work hard and will no doubt get a huge cheer when he enters Gun Wharf next week.

Speaking of Gun Wharf, the excellent "Tales from..." blog by Alan Watkins has returned after a short break (no pun intended) after being ordered to rest after he broke his leg. His misfortune led to one of the funniest out of office messages I have ever read: I am currently signed off until August 24 due to a slight contratemps with a carpet, a doorway, a carrot and (subsequently) a surgeon. The mind boggles...

Now I've blogged, drunk my coffee and checked out the local news it is time to turn my attention to the 350 emails blinking at me in my inbox - and these are candidate related ones - I daren't turn on my work blackberry! Think I need another cup of coffee...

3 comments:

John M Ward said...

I dunno. What with you and your onion, and Alan Watkins and his carrot, I just don't know whether you people can be trusted with vegetables…

Anyway, welcome back!

I was with Tashi this afternoon, as well as Andrew Kennedy and Pat and Adrian Gulvin at the Daniel Hannan lunch event. A couple of photos and a short write-up are on my 'blog here.

Anonymous said...

I have a question.

Who are you ?

Chris Irvine said...

You didn't miss much.