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Friday 12 May – The May Battle Bus

At an unearthly hour last night, Conservative activists got a vague email inviting us to see the Prime Minister on a visit to “the Berwick upon Tweed constituency”, which is just to the north of Wansbeck. Since this is one of England’s largest constituencies this didn’t give much in terms of precision. This morning, all [...]

Tuesday 9 May – Officially a candidate for election

Today I went with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Berwick upon Tweed, to County Hall to get our nominations in for the elections. The Elections staff go through the paperwork (7 pages of it) line by line, carefully checking all the details. The awkward bit is checking the electoral numbers of those [...]

Saturday 9 May 2015 – Post Election thoughts

Well it has been a long 6 weeks. So much so, that here on Saturday morning, I have this eerie feeling that I should be heading off somewhere to do some canvassing. The days are quite long on the campaign trail, I was rarely home before 8 pm and often much later. It’s quite physically [...]

Monday 4 May – Last exhausting week

If anyone thinks being a politician is in any way glamorous, they are welcome to join us here in Wansbeck. I and other members of Wansbeck Conservatives were out delivering from 10 am to 7 pm today, with only a brief lemonade and a packet of crisps for lunch. The weather was extra kind to [...]

Sunday 3 May – Make A Noise and the BBC

Yesterday something like 1,000 protestors took peacefully (OK, noisily, but you know what I mean) to the streets of Bedlington to Make A Noise. The outgoing MP was there, I was there, UKIP was there, the local priests, their congregations, a brass band, a calypso band, old people, young people, people in their wheelchairs, people [...]

Saturday 2 May – We Made A Noise For Bedlington!

What a day! I will never forget the inaugural Bedlington Day – Saturday 2 May 2015. Over a thousand people were there to make a noise for Bedlington and what a noise it was. The church bells were drowned out by the cacophony. Whistles, vuvuzelas, brass band, calypso band, car horns, sirens, and a few [...]

Wednesday 29 April – Two sides of the same coin

Yesterday I made another visit to Bedlington Market Place, and it has occurred to me that it may be worth trying to put into pictures the difficulties in the town centre, for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t made a recent visit.
So as is well known Tesco closed their prime centre of Front Street / [...]

Tuesday 28 April – Morpeth posters are up!

I helped to deliver our new Morpeth leaflet and poster today with Richard, and much to our delight, as we made a loop around the Low Stobhill estate, some posters were being displayed in resident’s windows before we had even finished work.
Earlier on I put out some leaflets in Stakeford. Now this may look a [...]

Sunday 26 April – Tories in Ashington

When I mentioned to some friends yesterday that I would be campaigning for the Tories in Ashington today, I got some ribald comments and unhelpful suggestions!
But actually all went very well, I even got a few thumbs ups. Ashington does have several thousand non Labour voters, and they are there for the intrepid candidate. I [...]

Saturday 25 April – Conservatives Winning Here!

I was told today that I was the only Parliamentary Candidate playing rugby this weekend. I don’t know if this was in the North East or England, but anyway here I am – the photo taken before the game. I play for Border Park, which is effectively a village team, albeit a number of villages. [...]

Wednesday 22 April – Our Manifesto for Bedlington

I have had another day pounding the streets of Bedlington,around the Station end mainly, and getting a good reception on the doorstep – the good weather is getting a lot of gardening done! Bedlington Station is actually in an even worse position than the town centre, which is no mean feat. There are some useful [...]

Tuesday 21 April – On board with Chris Galley poster!

The nautical (and indeed aviation) puns didn’t come from me. However if you want your very own Wansbeck Conservatives poster – and you have a lot of blue toner in your printer – here’s your gizzit! Click on the link below for our PDF poster.
On_board_with_Chris Galley

Saturday 18 April – Rothbury mutual aid

This is me with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, friends and supporters campaigning in Rothbury this morning.  There are a number of other candidate MPs in this photo, notably my next-door neighbour in Blyth Valley, Greg Munro. In the Conservative Party if you are on the Candidates List you are expected to do some “mutual aid” for other [...]

Thursday 16 April – Ashington Hustings

I had my first hustings of the campaign last night. It was organised by Ashington Churches Together, and there was quite a good turn out, 100 or 120 participants I would guess. It was chaired by Rev. Peter Sinclair of Newbiggin. In this photo, the candidates were from left to right: Ian Lavery (Labour), Melanie [...]

Wednesday 8 April – Small businesses and the Start Up Loan Scheme

Today I got a press release from the Federation of Small Businesses,  which is a pressure group which campaigns for small businesses and the self employed. It’s a non partisan organisation which works with all the major parties. This is an important sector, employing 15 million people in 5 million companies. One of its campaigns, [...]

Monday 6 April: End of lambing

Somewhat earlier than expected, I’m fairly close to finishing off lambing, I’m now down to just a
handful of ewes who haven’t yet given birth to their lambs, and all but one of them is an experienced mother. So the pressure is off.
Except, of course, for the orphan lambs, well the abandoned lambs would be slightly [...]

Wednesday 25 March: Northumberland Church of England Academy

This was a Red Letter Day for me, in some respect the first public event of my campaign in Ashington. I was very kindly invited by the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington to speak to the Sixth Form. Ian Lavery MP had undertaken a similar activity a few days beforehand.

It went fairly well, [...]