Each week a different PPC provides us with an insight into life as a candidate and gives 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 Trevor Ivory, who was selected in November 2006 for North Norfolk. Trevor is a solicitor who has lived in Norfolk for over a decade and is married with a young son. He requires a swing of 8.6% to unseat the Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Lamb. Read more about his campaign on his website.
Monday 23rd November
This morning almost felt like a rest as my alarm went off at 05:50 to get me into work on time. The weekend was a busy one. Saturday was nothing unusual – an advice surgery in Mundesley in the morning, a working lunch with the campaign team and then meeting local people in Stalham to talk about the old Station Yard site, which has been blighting the High Street for too long. Sunday was the killer though, and it had nothing to do with politics. Instead the trouble came in the form of a very cute eight-week-old black labradoodle puppy, Ebony. A day with a new puppy and a very excited three-year-old meant that I was unusually relieved to get up and go to work this morning!
As a candidate with a full-time job I have to try to juggle the competing pressures and today was a good example – after a busy morning I managed to snatch some time over lunch to canvass some people by telephone. Then after work it was on the train up to Cromer for a meeting with the Association’s Deputy Chairman Political to finalise my literature for the general election.
Tuesday 24th November
I am working from home in North Walsham today so that Lisa and I can go and look at a local primary school for Alex, who will start school next September. Being at home also gave me the chance to join a group of elderly people in Wells over lunch to discuss their concerns. North Norfolk has a large number of elderly people and I am always struck by the number of them who are scared about growing older. Today’s discussion centred on the problem for elderly people in the area who are not cash rich but who have seen the second home market drive up the value of their homes. These elderly people are living in fear of having to sell their home in order to pay for long-term care. Needless to say our plans to make sure that no-one has to sell their home to pay for nursing care went down very well.
This evening I am having a quiet one at home doing my share of the puppy-sitting and catching up on constituents' emails and letters...