A BAd By-Election Result

  • 23 Feb 2005

We lost. For the record, we got 537 votes, LibDems were on 576 and Labour 36.  I shall not pretend that this was anything other than a bad result, because it was. And without any hesitation I congratulate Barbara McGoun on her victory. I have just emailed her to do just tha...

My Billboard Goes Up

  • 20 Feb 2005

Did someone say there was an election due soon? My billboard poster went up today. It's in a brilliant location just as you come into Cromer. There are only 5 billboards in the whole of North Norfolk and they are all on this one location in Cromer. No doubt the Libs will s...

The Duracell Bunny

  • 13 Feb 2005

A very windy morning spent canvassing in Holt followed by a quieter afternoon in North Walsham. Again, an excellent response with quite a few switchers. Hilarious end to the day when I called on a lady who had had a large LibDem poster at the last election on a prime poster si...

A Day Off

  • 13 Feb 2005

Today I spent the day with my parents travelling round North Norfolk. They came up for the Gillian Shephard dinner last night. We went to the Muckleburgh Collection at Weybourne in the morning. My Dad loves anything to do with World War II and collects old military vehicle...

Terrible on Sky News

  • 5 Feb 2005

Terrible terrible start to the day. I had to review the papers on SKY NEWS this morning and for the first time in my life I completely dried up live on television! I was talking about Charles Clarke's new announcement on immigration and my mind suddenly went blank. When I had ...

Drug Rehabilitation

  • 2 Feb 2005

Spent the morning at the Princess Diana Drugs Rehabilitation Centre in Mundesley yesterday. I took IDS there in December but thought I would go back on my own to learn a bit more about what they do. Met several of the patients, all of whom were fearful of the elevel of support...

Today's Debate

  • 31 Jan 2005

A very lively debate tonight at Sheringham. Probably my best performance of the three so far. Two UKIP voters came up to me at the end and whispered they would be supporting me. I also had a Labour voter call the office today pledging support. I had three delegations of people...

Criss Crossing North Norfolk

  • 21 Jan 2005

I reckon I have clocked up 200 miles today. Swanton Abbott-North Walsham-Eccles on Sea-Wells-North Walsham-Swanton Abbott-Hoveton-Cromer-North Walsham-Swanton Abbott.  Started the day off in Eccles to see some people who are concerned about the state of their local roads. T...

A real Achievement for Tsunami Victims

  • 14 Jan 2005

Well, I achieved something of real value today - in more ways than one. I secured free transport for two container loads of blankets and clothing collected by the people of Sheringham to the Bande Aceh region of Indonesia. The goods will be distributed to the hardest hit areas...

Dinner With William Hague

  • 12 Jan 2005

Just got back from a fundraising dinner in London which I organised jointly with Mark Fox, the excellent Tory Candidate in Great Yarmouth. A fantastic evening at the Commonwealth Club in Northumberland Avenue. William Hague was our Guest of Honour and he made a truly hilarious...

Speech at William Hague Fundraiser

  • 11 Jan 2005

Commonwealth Club, Northumberland Avenue. Joint dinner with Mark Fox, candidate for Great Yarmouth. William Hague was the guest speaker.   Ladies & gentlemen I would like to echo Mark’s welcome to you all tonight. I can’t tell you how honoured we are that so many of ...

Stalham Debate

  • 5 Jan 2005

Just got in after the debate in Stalham. The UKIP Candidate came out with a classic. "An MP from a small independent Party has little or no influence." I couldn't have put it better myself. About 70 people tonight. Very good questions. And a 23 year old guy came up to me at th...

Cromer, Crematorium, Will Young and New Year Blowout

  • 23 Dec 2004

I discovered the most brilliant shop in Cromer today. It's the Garden House giftshop in Garden Street. I bought about a dozen presents there which essentially meant I'd done all I needed to. Hurrah! I'm a day ahead of myself. Normally I buy all my presents on Christmas Eve!  ...

A Boxing Day Dip

  • 19 Dec 2004

I've done it again. On Boxing day I'm going to brave freezing temperatures to take part in the annual Boxing Day dip at Cromer. I'll be joining the intrepid North Norfolk Beach Runners for the festive swim to raise funds for BREAK. Funds raised will be used to provide seaside ...

A Visit from IDS

  • 18 Dec 2004

It's 1am and I am about to go to bed. Very frenetic day. IDS arrived over an hour late due to traffic. What is it with me and visiting speakers? Boris Johnson went to Peterborough instead of Norwich, Cecil Parkinson ended up driving down the M11 the wrong way and now this! IDS...

The Wisdom of the Electorate

  • 12 Dec 2004

The Sunday Times Atticus column is a regular reader of this blog. Today's column quotes my local residents survey. Enjoy...  The voter suggestions a Tory hopeful must ignore  What are going to be the big issues at the next election? Keen-as-mustard Tory candidate Iain Da...

Brass Monkeys

  • 20 Nov 2004

God it was cold today. This morning a team of us were out on the venerable doorsteps of Sheringham. I keep being told that Sheringham is a LibDem stronghold but that's not my experience at all. At lunchtime I drove over to Happisburgh to see Di Wrightson whose tearooms are abo...

Oh Dear, I've Upset Auntie

  • 17 Nov 2004

It seems I have upset the BBC. Yesterday I was interviewed by Nicky Campbell on the 5 Live Breakfast Show, ostensibly about mavericks in politics (why did they ask me, I wonder?!). Nicky ended up asking me why Michael Howard had sacked Boris Johnson for lieing rather than havi...

Rebecca House

  • 12 Nov 2004

Apologies for the length of this press release, but please do persevere to the end. I hope my anger comes across.  Iain Dale, Conservative Candidate for North Norfolk, today organised and chaired a meeting for relatives of Rebecca House patients to discuss their plans to ca...

Catching Up

  • 10 Nov 2004

Apologies for the fact that I haven't posted anything for a few days. No excuses. Here goes for a quick catch up.  SUNDAY: Spoke at Cromer Conservative do at lunchtime. Good event. Nice people, including a very nice young blonde lady who wants to stand for the Council. I'm ...