Archive for May, 2010

Blogging tough

May 2, 2010

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:

1) Hustings

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!

2) Stalls

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!

Previous couple of days (things picked up)

May 2, 2010

As I intended originally months and months ago, I will looking out for things until the end of the campaign (and beyond).  Here is some more:

1) Highways

A dip in the footway outside 27-29 Westminster Close, Feltham:

An open cabinet outside 44 Waterloo Close:

2) Vandalised bin

Outside 780 Bath Road, Cranford:

3) Graffiti

On Westmacott Drive (near junction with Beattie Close):

Will report on Tuesday.