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CF Leader's Diary (Pt.1)

This is my first ‘sensational’ entry in a regular diary column in the run up to the General Election.

I’ve been on the campaign trail for over a year now and it’s really picked up pace over the last two months. Last weekend I campaigned with Mark Clarke and his team on my 24th Roadtrip2015 in the seats of Brecon & Radnor and Gower, South Wales with a very positive response on the doorstep.

The beauty of Roadtrip, and it’s taken me all over the country in the past year, is that you discover places you would never normally go to. A pleasant memory from the weekend included us all eating ice cream on Mumbles Pier at sunset after a long day’s canvassing before advancing to the obligatory curry and free bar.

On Monday, David Cameron quite rightly announced that pensioner benefits would not be means tested. It’s very important that elderly people are given the dignity they deserve after contributing to the economy and to society throughout their lives.

I went on Radio 4’s PM show with Eddie Mair to talk about the policy and also what the Conservative Party is doing for young people in the UK. I think it’s fair to say that my appearance fared rather better than the utter car crash that was Natalie Bennett’s interview on LBC this week.

The past week has also seen two defections from Young Independence to Conservative Future with Joshua Jones, ex East Midlands YI Chairman and Sam Launder, ex YI General Secretary. I welcome both Josh and Sam to CF and look forward to campaigning with them in the run up to the election.

Last night I started prepping for next month’s big Youth Leaders debate which will be streamed live on Channel 4. Particularly looking forward to debate against Jack Duffin, I think it’s fair to say the debate will be eventful!

This weekend I’ll be campaigning in Harrow West with the Conservative Women’s Organisation for excellent PPC Hannah David.