Attended a crowded meeting of Kingston & Surbiton Conservatives this morning at the Christ Church Hall in Berrylands ward.

It’s amazing to think that it’s nearly a year since Helen Whately was selected as our candidate for Parliament. She is proving a very energetic campaigner – as last week’s efforts over Post Office closures eloquently testify. She will make an excellent constituency MP.  She builds a team around her that works and stays on to see a job through. Apparently, by contrast, the Lib Dem MP, on last week’s protests, had the same group of people who were ferried around in a people carrier and a car from site to site with a placard that had the name of the particular PO outside which they posed for photos pasted on, then pasted over for the next site. While Helen’s team stayed on to collect signatures, the Lib Dems scuttled off to the next photo shoot.

This afternoon, after the AGM, she and a team were off delivering leaflets in Tolworth and Hook Rise.



About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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