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This week’s diary is written by Margot James, who was selected in December 2006 for Stourbridge, a seat where she requires a swing of 1.5% to overturn a notional Labour majority of 1,280. I'll let her introduce herself...
"I spend most of my time out and about in Stourbridge, I still do some business consultancy but most of my time away from the campaign is spent with family and friends. I am passionate about hanging on to some ‘normal life’ despite the all consuming nature of the election campaign. Stourbridge is Labour’s most marginal seat in the West Midlands. Number 25 on our list of must wins it is actually the seat that, arithmetically speaking, will sink Labour’s overall majority if we win. The BBC have clocked this and are housing a production team here who will broadcast the Sunday version of the Politics Show throughout the election from Stourbridge as soon as the Election is called. Here's my Diary of the week..."
Saturday 17th October
I had quite a late night with friends on Friday at the Red Fort restaurant in Wollaston so got off to a slower start listening to the weekly Farming Today round up on Radio 4. Made me resolve to try and eat organic meat whenever possible. Off to meet the team in Amblecote. We normally canvass on a Saturday morning but today we had to prioritise delivery of our addressed survey, 80% done now so not much longer to go and we will have surveyed every home in the constituency for the second time since I arrived. We delivered over a thousand surveys and leaflets and met up afterwards at the Robin Hood Pub, one of Stourbridge’s best.
I couldn’t stay long as next up was the Stourbridge Bonded Warehouse Open Weekend, to give it its full title. Saturday is a day of stalls, dancing, vintage cars and steam engines alongside the canal. I met lots of people I knew and some I didn’t on my way to join Cllr David Caunt, ex leader of Dudley Council, on his beautiful boat ‘Cornelia’. We chugged up to Wordsley Junction and back and it was a lovely ride. Each year I resolve to spend more time on the canal – but the nearest I have got in the last twelve months is walking Lotus (my old black Labrador) up the towpath a few times. The canal is one of the many things I love about Stourbridge.
Left late afternoon to meet friends in the Cotswolds. My partner, Jay, is working all weekend, so I’ve got a friend, Julie, who has just heard from CCHQ that she has a PAB early in November, coming round for supper to pick my brains about the interview process. Julie brings her divine two year old retriever who is completely manic.