A day in the life of a parliamentary candidate…
In 2015 I stood as the Conservative Parliamentary for Nottingham North. It was an eye opening experience!
In many ways a parliamentary candidate’s day is similar to the postman’s. They share the same practical problems on the street; excited dogs, broken footpaths and weather, weather, weather. But while the postman is loved by all, the candidate is more likely to get a mixed reception.
On the doorstep, five years of pent up anger is waiting to be released by the voter the moment the door is opened. At the hustings one stupid slip of the tongue is seized upon with great glee by all. And the press circles, waiting to strike for the blond moment.
It was my first time round and I loved it.
On this page you will find stories of the reality of the campaign trail, starting with the street stall at Bulwell Market.
With David Cameron
With Kenneth Clarke, born in Nottingham North
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The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve read so many negative reviews of this book and particularly on this site. However, this novel was very influential for me. Not for the political viewpoint, nor the story. But mostly for Lessing’s...
Act Against Bullying is a set of monologues I researched in 2000 and first published in 2002. It was the reason for me setting up Act Against Bullying as a charity. They’ve been used in schools as a means of discussing the awkward situations which can lead on to...
When I set up Act Against Bullying in 2000 it was commonly believed that women didn't bully. That was a boys thing. Research into the motivations of girl gangs and female criminology only began in the 1980s as women’s social behaviour changed. Chicken or egg? Who...