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. This is the last Diary of 2009 but if you are a candidate and would like to be featured in the New Year, please email Jonathan Isaby.
This week's diary is written by Steve Baker, who was selected on 31st October for Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, where Paul Goodman - who is joining ConservativeHome as Contributing Editor - is standing down at the election and bequeathing a notional majority of 7,597. Steve is a professional aerospace and software engineer whose career spans the Royal Air Force and a variety of software-related businesses, and is married to Beth, a general practitioner who will shortly be leaving the Royal Air Force. Steve is an Associate Consultant to the Centre for Social Justice and Corporate Affairs Director of The Cobden Centre, an educational charity for honest money and social progress. Steve finds that being PPC for Wycombe is "both more awesome and more magnificent than opening the door of an aeroplane in flight and jumping out".
Monday 14th December
We are now happily ensconced in High Wycombe, close enough to the M40 that I am developing my affinity for the M40 Chiltern Environmental Group and their aims. Aside from campaigning for Wycombe, I develop The Cobden Centre, which seeks to widen the debate on economics and society, so I spent the morning writing about the legal status of banking contracts, illustrating the peculiar status of demand deposits.
After reviewing the closure of Holywell Mead pool, I met Paul Goodman MP in Parliament to discuss local issues and Wycombe Hospital in particular. As Paul said recently, "no other single issue compares to it in terms of the interest, concern and anxiety it arouses."