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This week’s diary is written by Richard Merrin, the recently selected candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green. It was a Conservative seat until 1992, when it was won by Labour, but it was gained by the Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone in 2005.
Monday 20th July
Whoever said that the summer months meant that there would somehow be a slow down in work was clearly not living on the same planet as the majority of us.
Yes, business is busy, which for a small businessman like myself is critical especially given the state of the economy. But as I prepare for the week there are two overriding political issues. At a national level this is the week of the by-election in Norwich North, at the local level it is the first full Council meeting in Haringey with a Conservative councillor after an absence of seven years.
I spend the morning at work, however by lunchtime it is clear that the rest of the day needs to focus on how we work with our new councillor – the former Mayor of Haringey who has only just defected to the Conservatives – and what should our tactics be at the Civic Centre tonight. Emails, calls and meetings dominate. I know that my role here is to build up the Conservative presence and this defection has delivered just that but it needs nurturing, building on and growing.