Last evening I spent a very enjoyable evening speaking to Erith & Thamesmead Conservatives at a fundraiser for their very energetic PPC Colin Bloom. It took place in an excellent Tandoori in Belvedere. I'm more of a meat and two veg man, but I have to say it was the best Indian food I have ever tasted.
It was a challenging environment in which to make a speech as there was a lot of background noise from the kitchen, which was quite distracting. I had also forgotten to put on my glasses so it was impossible to read the few scant notes I had made on a piece of paper on the table. What I find is that every time I make a speech, I learn something new. Anyway, it all seemed to go quite well.
Colin and I then took questions. He passed me all the difficult ones! It was good to see Simon Marcus at the event. Simon used to work for me at Politico's and is now the party's candidate in Barking, standing against Margaret Hodge and Nick Griffin. What a way to lose your political virginity!
Colin has a 6,000 Labour majority to overturn. His is exactly the sort of seat the party needs to gain in order to get a good working majority. He clearly has a very active and dedicated group of activists helping him and I hope he gets the help he deserves from the neighbouring Conservative seats.
Anyway, my next two Tory speaking events are this Friday in Thanet South for Laura Sandys, and next Friday at the University of Southampton. Hope to see one or two of you there.