This is the second in ConservativeHome's new ongoing series in which each week a different PPC will provide us with an insight into life as a candidate and give us a flavour of their own campaign and interests. If you are a candidate and are keen to be featured, please email Jonathan Isaby.
This week's diary is written by George Freeman, the candidate in the completely redrawn constituency of Mid Norfolk - which takes in parts of the existing Mid Norfolk, South West Norfolk and South Norfok constituencies - where he will defend a notional Conservative majority of nearly 8,000. From a farming background, he worked for the NFU's parliamentary unit for five years before moving into business, developing new medical technologies. He achieved a swing of 6.4% when he stood for the Conservatives in Stevenage at the 2005 general election. You can read more about him on his website.
5.45am. Dawn routine. Tiptoe with pint mug of tea up creaky stairs to converted loft office in the attic of our farmhouse in Norfolk for review of the week ahead. Fire up PC and sift mountain of emails. Review and list priorities for the week ahead. Mildly depressed by daunting list of outstanding tasks. I guess all politicians are prone to the same need to matter.
6.45am. Wake the family and embark on the 60-minute morning challenge of getting us all up and dressed and breakfasted and the children onto the 8.00am bus to their new school. The only bit of our life that bears an uncanny resemblance to the cereal ads. At 8.10am the frenzy culminates in my wife Eleanor leaving for work and the house is silent.
Rest of the day in my converted attic office dealing with work projects for clients before the routine mid-week trip to London. My business, 4D Biomedical, is a small biomedical technology consultancy based in Cambridge. Currently working on the business plan for two new research Institutes (Cardiovascular and Digestive Health), advising on the £20m spin-out of a Cambridge biotechnology business, and helping a start-up with an innovative system for transmitting medical images between hospitals using the net instead of couriers.