Saturday, 28 February 2009
More than one talked about the huge debt that the Government was clocking up and that they were genuinely worried about what state the country would be left in - I can't help but share their concern. I have wanted to be an MP for over 15 years and now being on the cusp of achieving that ambition it is truly frightening what mess a possible Conservative Government will inherit. But then history suggests that it is always the case - every previous Conservative Government has had to pick the country up from its knees after Labour has left power.
Anyway half way through our session this morning I suddenly got major deja vu! We knocked on the same street that two years ago I met an angry wasp and two men in their underpants - I pointed out to our man with the clipboard the houses and refused to go and knock again out of sheer embarrassment!! Today there were no wasps or underpants - just a few people in their pyjamas, carrying awesome amounts of shopping or walking some gorgeous dogs. Plus as part of our bid to start them young, we had our newest and youngest helper Freddie out helping - he thoroughly deserved his chips at lunchtime, but then I think we all did!
Friday, 27 February 2009
Well done Blue Bell Hill Apiaries for winning the much coveted Kent Food Producer of the Year at last nights Taste of Kent Awards. Given everything beekeepers are going through at the moment dealing with a disease that is killing off our native bees, I am sure this award meant a lot to Norman and the team. Congratulations!
Monday, 23 February 2009
It was clear from the meeting that communication has in the past been very poor and that this has to be a priority going forward. I and many of the residents learned a huge amount about what the EA has been doing and what it intends to do to ensure that villagers are defended from future flooding which, although can't turn back time for those who have already been flooded, may alleviate the issue going forward.
The EA have promised to regularly communicate with the village, upscale its efforts on maintenance and apply for investment in some sort of defence/protection scheme dependent on the outcome of a feasibility study. In return the residents have formed an action group which will, I hope with my help, draw up a flood plan to ensure that proper communication, contingency and resilience measures are in place so that next time we get half a months rain in a couple of hours villagers not only know what they are supposed to do but are ready to do it.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
I then went for lunch in Larkfield with some local residents before heading up to Princes Park for an afternoon thank you "drinks and nibbles" with some helpers. There is a busy year ahead of us so it was good to meet some more supporters who are vital to the success of my campaign. Unfortunately I could only stay for an hour and half because I had to return to Larkfield for a meeting about a local issue that has been raised with me by several people in the same street. Looks like when I get back from watching the girls play football tomorrow I will spend the rest of the day writing letters!
Saturday, 14 February 2009
The last time I wrote was the day before the snow came. I love snow and had to contain my excitement on the Sunday night when I thrashed my other half at a snowball fight but having struggled into work the next day (in my wellies and suit!) it became more of a chore rather than the fun it should have been. The wellies and suit look continued throughout the week, football training was cancelled, and then on the Thursday I fell over on the ice - bruising my thigh and jarring my left shoulder. But being right handed it wasn't until I got in the car on Saturday morning to go canvassing that I realised how much my arm was hurting and could barely change gears. And as if that wasn't bad enough we had picked the only part of the constituency that still had snow on the ground to canvass so having slid along the paths to meet each other we decided to call it off so I went with Cllr David Brake to his surgery instead before heading back home to feel sorry for myself. I then didn't go to watch the girls play football on the Sunday because the arm was still sore but instead caught up on some paperwork - am getting a lot of casework now which is fantastic.
The arm is better now and so I went to training on Wednesday. I was glad to have been able to go because the whole club had a minutes silence at the end of the training session in memory of a 14 year old boy whose family are heavily involved in the club and who tragically passed away over the weekend. Many of my girls knew him and were in tears after the minutes silence. Some balloons were released into the dark sky and it was all very moving. I always find it so sad when children pass away but the club is going to do some fundraising for Clic Sargent both in Aaron's memory and to help others who unfortunately will need the same kind of support as he did in his last few months.
I took the day off work yesterday and spent the day meeting people about various issues and today we are having a break with canvassing so that we can spend the day with our loved ones...and not interrupt other people's day with theirs! I am doing the cooking tonight so if I don't make football tomorrow due to food poisoning we will all know why!!