Sunday, 10 May 2009

An ice cream in Porthtowan

Have just got back from Porthtowan with Katy. The sun was out early this afternoon and a lot of people were heading down to the beach. We had delicious ice creams from the shop down by the sea front.

I used to have cousins who lived in Porthtowan and, when I was growing up, would sometimes visit and spend the day on the beach with one of those old polystyrene surf boards you used to see a lot of in those days. I remember it was a long walk back up Rose Hill at the end of the day with the surf boards in tow.

But our main task in Porthtowan today was delivering leaflets for the local election campaign. Yesterday we had our second campaign day. It is a busier time of year for most people and I had expected us to be down on the 63 who turned out at the end of February. But there were a lot of new faces this time and we had well over 70 people out in total. By the end of the day we had got out some 19,000 pieces of literature in many different parts of constituency including major progress in the three towns of Camborne, Redruth and Hayle but also significant inroads in other areas like Portreath, Stithians, Gwinear and Illogan.

We have a very strong set of candidates this time and we are the only party in Cornwall fielding candidates in every ward. We are picking up support from former independent councillors too, most notably Barbara Ellenbroek, the Mayor of Redruth and Mike Eddowes, the former Chairman of Kerrier District Council. Many independents feel that the formation of a large, centralised council covering the whole of Cornwall has changed things and that a strong Conservative group is essential to restore some accountability.

Morale is very high among the local team here and our candidates are getting a good reception on the doorstep. There is a feeling out there that the Lib Dems have just been in power in Cornwall for far too long and have become tired, complacent and out of touch.

But we have a lot of work to do in the weeks ahead.