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This week’s diary is written by Alan Wright, who was selected as candidate for Hartlepool earlier this month. Alan is Hartlepool born-and-bred, with a high
local media profile as a former BBC presenter in the
area and as a columnist in the Hartlepool Mail. He now runs his own media consultancy business and is an accomplished after-dinner speaker. He will start in third place, with Labour MP Iain Wright
currently enjoying a majority of 7,478 over the Liberal
Sunday August 9th
It’s been a full four days since my (pleasingly) unanimous selection by the Hartlepool Conservative Association and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. We made the front page (and most of page 2) of the Hartlepool Mail last Thursday and the response since has been fantastic. I’ve even had a complaint from my local Civic Centre that their switchboard is melting with calls from well-wishers who want to talk to me. There’s obviously a belief around that PPCs automatically get an office suite and a team of staff supplied by the local council – dream on.
Bit of time off today with a trip out in glorious sunshine to Durham County Cricket Ground with our two grandsons, Joshua (9) and William (5). They love it – cricket coaching, a picnic in the park next door, and then watching the big match. William (pictured) soon gets into the swing of raising his 4 and 6 boundary card at frequent intervals. I love coming back here to the Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street. In a previous life in the early Nineties, I was Chief Executive here when we built the new ground. Then, it was just a pitch and a portakabin; now it’s a glorious international ground. Even better, three Durham lads (Collingwood, Harmison and Onions) are in the England team – even though they are getting roundly stuffed by Australia. Without the Durham set-up though, they may never had aspired to the top.