It is time to turn my attention and my Blog to the very important task of winning back my Huntingdonshire District Council ward (Buckden Diddington and Southoe) for the Conservatives.
For 14 long years it has enjoyed the services of a Liberal Democrat Councillor. I stood against him in two years ago in 2004 and reduced his majority from an unerring 450 to 96. A swing of 21% in my favour and still I lost!! I made errors, I learnt and this time I shall not return from the count to sob unconsollably into my sofa.
Over the next weeks and months until the May 4th polling day I shall post both the articles and speeches I write for distribution in my leaflets and a diary of my campaign, full with thoughts and stories from my door-to-door canvassing (anonymous of course, and most probably self-deprecating). If last time is anything to go by, it should be quite fun and I am looking forward to getting out there.
Things will get pretty local and I hope my more distant readers will forgive me if I don't explain every local issue with my usual clarity. I am hoping that the village will be tuning in aswell, so I mustn't bore them with detailed explanation they don't need.
Now for my campaign slogan - should it be "Bailey for Buckden" or "Buckden for Bailey". Perhaps I should adopt the former and let the village decide on the latter.