I have found it very difficult to update my blog over the past couple of days. As anyone can imagine, it is a very intense period, probably the most intense of my life. It is hard going but really well worth it, whatever the result. But I do believe that ‘Mark Can Win’!
During the past couple of days:
It was the first hustings of the campaign, indeed the first I have been involved with in Feltham and Heston. A good turnout – I would say up to 200 people were there. A lot of the people present were already supporting one party/candidate. I thought that the event was very well run and I wish everyone involved with organising the event the very best for the future.
I was satisfied from a personal point of view with how it went. Naturally, I was keen to get across that I am the local candidate who believes in this area. I was also determined to answer from a personal view and not give anyone an impression that I was just quoting from the manifesto. There were a couple of points that were made where I would like to have responded but time did not make this possible.
I think it is fair to say that my anger with Labour came across when immigration was discussed. Whether it went down well with a majority or not, I am glad I was able to express my views in a way I would like others to have done so previously. I have no time at all for the way that Labour have failed in this area and the damage that this has caused as a result.
A number of people spoke with me afterwards – some pleased and others disagreed with some of what I said. I was keen to get across to one Heston resident that I would work flat out for the entire constituency. Yes, I talk about Feltham North but everyone can expect what I am offering!
I was out and about in Feltham and Hounslow West yesterday. I am very optimistic about the response I am receiving. Lots of non-Conservatives are very receptive to my argument that having an MP who lives locally is a very good idea. A handful asked me direct questions where my answer was not their preferred position but they were grateful for an honest answer. Honesty first – even before popularity!
Back to the Campaign!