I have had a typically busy weekend with a round of events. On Friday night I attended a Bow Group Dinner where the main speaker was North West MP Nigel Evans. Nigel gave us a thoughtful insight of the current political situation. Although he currently has a five figure majority in his Ribble Valley seat it was not always so and of course when he first fought it in a by-election he lost to the Liberal Democrats. He then won it back in the General Election the following year.
Talking of by-elections I went down to Crewe again on Saturday after first calling by to thank and encourage the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) volunteers who had a lifeboat on the Rock to help them collect funds. My wife Sue was one of the volunteers and I left her rattling her bucket as I made my way down to Crewe. I saw alot of activity from Labour and ourselves but to be honest not much from the Liberal Democrats although as usual they had alot of posters about. We did manage to finish our duties in time to catch the end of the FA Cup final on a televsion in a local pub.
On Saturday evening my wife and I were invited to dinner at a friends house so I could relax with only the occasional reference to politics.
Sunday was the Civic Sunday at the Parish Church with the new Mayor and Sue and I attended. The Service is part of the normal Sunday morning Communion Service and was well attended.
I should perhaps report on CeeCee’s progress. The first thing to say is that our “little” dog is already growing noticeably. He is fairly well behaved most of the time and I think we are having reasonable success with his toilet training. We are being quite careful to try and take him outside every couple of hours even though this does mean getting up two or three times in the night. I was up at 3am to help Sue with him last night.
The feature which I contributed to for Radio 4’s Westminster Hour was broadcast last night and if you missed it this is the link here ( Bury is in the piece about ‘Can Labour bounce back?’ )
Today, I am hoping to catch up on some paperwork in my office I have a speech to write for tomorrow and if they are playing I will hopefully be able to listen to the Test Match Special commentary on the first test from Lords. It looks like a draw but you never know in cricket.