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 we are featuring two PPC diaries, the first of which is here (and the second, from Richard Graham in Gloucester, will follow later). Harriett Baldwin is candidate for West Worcestershire, where sitting Conservative MP Sir Michael Spicer will be standing down at the next election. Harriett, who contested Stockton North in 2005, will be defending a notional majority of 3,053 and you can read more about her and her campaign on her website.
Andrew Lansley MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, visits us in Malvern. As soon as I was selected 3 years ago, I joined the campaign for a new Malvern hospital. Andrew Lansley was last here in 2007 as part of that effort. His visit must have made all the difference, as at the end of 2007 it was announced that Malvern would get a new hospital by 2010, on a site that the Primary Care Trust has held for about 30 years. Today he visits the existing hospital to congratulate the Modern Matron, Lyn Ingles and her team, who have opened a Minor Injuries Unit at the hospital this year and kept the hospital clear of infections. He then visits the new hospital building site with the project management team.
I spend the afternoon in Pershore with a team of eight canvassers helping Cllr Ron Davis’s campaign to represent Pershore on the County Council and two of our West Midlands MEP candidates – Anthea Macintyre and Dan Dalton (pictured with me here).
Up to London for a Futurebuilders board meeting. I am Deputy Chairman of this fund which lends money to social enterprises and charities.