I'm almost thinking of voting for David Cameron after reading Doreen Davis' interview in this morning's Daily Mail - if only so she can spend more time with her husband. The interview is not online but if you visit W H Smith in search of a copy you'll get a free Christmas cartoons DVD for your troubles!
The Mail's interviewer - Rebecca Hardy - describes Mrs Davis as "painfully shy" for what is her first ever interview. "Doreen is an extraordinarily nice person, without a nasty bone in her body," Ms Hardy concludes. The interview does leave you with a real sense of affection for Mrs Davis. She clearly loves her husband very much and they have been happily married for 32 years. But the interview also gives an insight into the real sacrifices that parliamentary spouses make - particularly those who live in constituencies a long way from London. "Days go by and we don't speak on the phone," she says, "I suppose sometimes, on a bad day it can be quite lonely. There are times when he's on the phone for half the weekend as well, not taking much notice of anything else."
She says that she never worries about her husband's fidelity despite the time and distance apart: "I don't want you to misunderstand. We're as close as you can be given that half the time we're apart."
Although Mrs Davis runs her husband's constituency office she is not a very political person and attended her first Conservative Party Conference last month... for 'that speech'. She was clearly stung by the reaction it received:
"It just felt as if [the political pundits had] made up their minds beforehand and thought: 'This man is the frontrunner. We've got to make it close and exciting. Let's slam him'. I haven't read a newspaper since."
Ms Hardy's conclusion to her interview is a perfect summary of what she appears to have discovered:
"Doreen is one of life's copers who, like many women of her generation, has devoted herself to supporting her husband, raising a family and creating a home for them all. She would no doubt cope admirably if - against all the present odds - David ends up as leader of the Conservative Party. Unquestionably, that is the outcome she wishes for him. Whether she wishes it for herself is, I sense, another matter."