DD Day

  • 3 Jul 2004

It's David Davis Day. Just off to Peterborough to pick him up. David is my best friend in politics so I'm glad we have a good turnout at the two events we have organised today. I think he's doing a terrific job as Shadow Home Secretary. As many people know, had he run for the ...

Publishing News: Autumn Political Books

  • 28 Jun 2004

We may have a special relationship with the United States but our bookbuying habits remain a little different. Since the start of the so-called War on Terror political book publishing in the United States has seen something of a resurgence, with sales up 30% year on year. In B...

Lamb Chickens out of Pre-Election Debates

  • 26 Jun 2004

Here's a press release I have just issued...  LibDem Norman Lamb has snubbed an opportunity to take part in a series of pre-election debates with North Norfolk Conservative Candidate Iain Dale. North Norfolk Radio were prepared to host a series of monthly one hour debates b...

A Day on Planet Boris

  • 18 Jun 2004

I really ought to pay more attention to the advice Keith Simpson MP gives me. I saw him at the Lord Lieutenant's bash in Norwich and told him Boris Johnson was coming to North Norfolk today. He chuckled and asked if I had a backup plan and suggested that Boris might not kn...

UKIP & the BNP

  • 8 Jun 2004

Sorry about the lack of posting since Sunday. This week has been spent mainly on the doorsteps of North Norfolk. Yesterday evening I went to Happisburgh Parish Council. The Deputy Leader of the local council, Clive Stockton (a LibDem) is the chairman of the council. He owns th...

Compering a Wrestling Match

  • 28 May 2004

Well I've just come back from one of the more surreal experiences of my life as a candidate. Eight months ago today I was being selected as Conservative Candidate for North Norfolk at Holt Community Centre. This evening I was also at Holt Community Centre....compering a wrestl...

David Cameron Comes to Visit

  • 20 May 2004

A very enjoyable and useful day which was dominated by the visit of David Cameron MP, our local government finance spokesman to North Norfolk. However I started the day off in Norwich doing an interview with Radio 4's Today Programme on political egg throwing. Seemed to go qui...

Seconds Out, Round Three

  • 19 May 2004

It's been a great day out on the campaign trail in Corpusty, Saxthorpe and Aylmerton. There really is genuine enthusiasm for the Conservative Party out there now. We had more than a handful of LibDem-Conservative switchers and several from Labour too. I'm hugely encouraged by ...

My Personal Integrity Pledge

  • 15 May 2004

Here's a press release I have just issued before setting off to Wells for a campaign day. I'd love to hear comments on this. By the way, my fingers are being crossed for a West Ham win in the playoffs this afternoon!  In a speech this evening (Saturday) to more than 120 Bla...

Diggy Loo, Diggy Lay

  • 14 May 2004

Thursday is going to be very bitty. Haircut, two new tyres on the car, meetings in London, hosting an evening with Ann Widdecombe in Chesham and then back to Swanton Abbott. Friday I am seeing some very go-ahead graphic designers in North Walsham who have come up with some ver...

Pudding Norton, Sainsbury's & Maggie

  • 6 May 2004

I've just got back from Pudding Norton Parish Council. What a truly lovely bunch of people. The meeting took place at Fakenham Race Course, which was different! Earlier in the day I went to have a tour of Sainsbury's in North Walsham, where I was shown round by the very enthus...

Egg & Chips With Ann Widdecombe

  • 2 May 2004

Friday was one of those days when a candidate chases his tail. Ann Widdecombe was due at 2pm but she took the wrong turning off the M25 and ended up coming to Cromer via the A1. When she got here I took her to Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham. Peter Mayne, the very b...

A Quick Recap

  • 30 Apr 2004

Tuesday: My first trip to London for some time and then down to West Sussex to buy some remainder books to sell on the Politico's website.  Wednesday: Spent the morning working in the office before leaving for Manchester for An Evening with Ann Widdecombe. I meant to leave at...

The Week

  • 26 Apr 2004

A HEART STOPPING MOMENT  Took the train to London today and on the way back (standing all the way of course) I started reading Private Eye. I turned the page and there, staring out at me was my name. Gulp. Oh God, I thought, what have I done now. Racking my brain to think o...

A Visit From the Botti

  • 24 Apr 2004

Who? Well, my friend Mark Fox, the candidate in Great Yarmouth informs me that the plural from Bottomley is 'Botti'. Who am I to argue. I collected them from the Furzedown Hotel in Yarmouth after breakfast and while Peter Bottomley went out on the streets of Hoveton with half ...

Radio Four Appearance Traps Lamb

  • 20 Apr 2004

Last Thursday the Today Programme came to Cromer to interview me about the Listeners' Law poll on which I was a judge oiver Christmas. You may remember the so-called Tony Martin law won the day, yet Labour MP Stephen Pound reneged on his promise to introduce whchever law toppe...

Farmers Forum A Success

  • 17 Apr 2004

Yesterday we had a visit from Shadow Agriculture Secretary John Whittingdale. We did an interview on North Norfolk Radio and then went to visit a farm near Saxthorpe run by Peter Seaman, who it is safe to describe as a real Norfolk character! We talked about his business and d...

Fame at Last & Losing Weight

  • 4 Apr 2004

FAME AT LAST FOR THIS BLOG  I didn't realise the nation's national newspaper journalists were avid readers of this Blog, but if you read today's Sunday Times you'll see I was wrong. It reports on my previous posting...  "Is Iain Dale, owner of Politico's, absolutely sure...

Michael Howard Visits

  • 30 Mar 2004

The leader of the Conservative Party began a two-day tour of Norfolk yesterday with a keen eye on the next general election. After visiting Cromer he faced questions from the Eastern Daily Press and took in a whistlestop tour of Norwich Market. ADAM GRETTON and KEIRON PIM repo...

A Response to Austin Mitchell over the Closure of Politico's

  • 21 Mar 2004

Printed in the House Magazine   Austin Mitchell is a man of many talents, but a businessman he ain’t. His attack on my decision to close Politico’s and change the business to an online and mail order business was littered with emotion and the kind of illogical arguments ...