It seems “one of those days” happen more and more frequently, and last Friday was no exception. One of the biggest problems that any PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) faces is trying to juggle work and political campaigning whilst also acting as a human galvaniser keeping people’s spirits elevated – a rather tricky task to say the least.
I was therefore delighted when I was told that David Cameron was to come to my aid. Nothing adds more excitement to a campaign than a visit by the leader and our organisation swung into action. It’s important to remember how important our supporters are and so I was delighted that David agreed to meet as many as possible at a reception held at the beautiful Stanmer House. The power failure may have dimmed the lights but couldn’t dim the spirits of those who had waited to meet him and they gave him a rapturous reception.
Then it was off to a public hustings, or ‘Cameron Direct’, where we invited non-members and inquisitive locals to grill David about why we need a change of government and what we plan to do. I got derailed on the way there as I had to do a two-way live interview for BBC News (which I very nearly missed as I couldn’t find the cameraman in the dark) and had to slide into the meeting without any fuss and without anyone noticing. I really didn’t manage this very well since the chair they’d kept for me was the furthest it could be from the door – but no matter, David carried on and ignored my blundering!
No script, no compere, no notes – the audience asked questions and David answered. I thought he was really rather good. But it doesn’t matter what I think. What did our impartial audience think? Eager to find out I made my way to the exit and stood and listened.
Time and time again I overheard many previously staunch Labour voters murmuring “he was really very good” and “he makes a lot of sense”. Fantastic news! On the ground we now have to convert those views into hard votes and get rid of this lousy Government!