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My meningitis scare

Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One boss Bernie, describes in today’s Times her agonising experience when she contracted viral meningitis: “I was in so much pain I wanted to die.” She has now become a worthy ambassador for the Meningitis Trust, describing her illness as a life-changing experience, no longer taking her health for granted. I have also had viral meningitis,...
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Are you too turned off politics to vote Labour or Conservative?

I’ve just read this comment on Michael Fabricant’s Facebook and feel it sums up how other undecided voters might be thinking right now: “Always voted labour, but not anymore ….will never vote conservative, so who do you vote for? what a dilemma. I feel there will be a lot of protest votes, eg. bnp UKIP, maybe not such a bad thing.” Is that how you feel too? What is...
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Walking the Devil’s Dyke

I met up with my friend Audrie today to walk along Devil’s Dyke from the picturesque villages of Reach to Woodditton. When I meet up with my usual stalwart ramblers, they are equipped in sturdy boots and Berghaus walking gear. I had to blink when I saw Audrie arrive in her purple velvet tunic dress over denim jeans. Audrie is a free spirited walker who adds a welcome touch of panache to us...
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Why working in Tenerife is not an MEPs “junket”

When you are an MEP you have to attend meeting throughout the European Union. And that includes Tenerife. So today’s story front page “exclusive” splash in The Express, “Climate MEPs live it up in Tenerife” is way off the mark and misleading. My MEP Robert Sturdy is one of those who has travelled there. After all, Tenerife is part of Spain which is in the European...
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UKIP’S immigration poster defaced in Cambridge

There is no racial tension in Cambridge. When I go to Toastmasters, I am always impressed at the way in which half its members make fluent presentations in their second language. It’s the last place one would expect to find a UKIP poster promoting its strong immigration line stating, “5,000 New People Settle Here Every Week, Say No To Mass Immigration”. It has deliberately been...
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Loving my new iMac

I wish you could see me right now. I’m like a very excited kid with a new toy. And my new toy is an Apple iMac. Someone told me last week that I was like a man because of my love of gadgets. I’m actually a very feminine woman, but I just love being creative and continuously learning, discovering new and interesting people which the internet facilitates, as well as enjoying the latest...
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Thriplow daffodils, Morris dancing, and a chance encounter with our woman Speaker

It’s true, the daffodils were scarce at the 42nd Thriplow Daffodil Weekend following our cold winter, but there were plenty of other attractions to remind me of England at its best. It helped that this was a green and unspoilt English village, a mix of traditional old cottages and immaculate modern homes, complete with a local blacksmiths. There was no graffiti or untidy, littered bus shelters...
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My latest election campaign videos

I’ve been making election campaign videos for Conservative parliamentary candidates and experimenting with new formats to make them visually more appealing, to add a new dimension. Here’s a couple I have just produced for Rob Halfon, who is standing in Harlow; one has a movie feel about it, and the second is presented as a book, with Rob’s story unfolding. If you play the first video for a...
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Julian Sturdy, campaigning for back pain injections

Should people today be expected to live with chronic pain if it can be eased by an injection? Ask those who have been stopped from having them, and the answer is a resounding ‘no’. NHS North Yorkshire and York has decided against routinely funding spinal injections for back pain, saying it must focus on buying services giving the best possible clinical outcomes to ensure value for money....
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The Telegraph and Political Boll**ks

I’ve been enjoying my friend Richard Havers’ latest timely book, Political Boll**ks which takes a sideways look at some of the amusing/sublime/ridiculous things our politicians say. I like this quote from John Prescott: “I’m told some Tory MPs believe ethics is a county near Middlesex.” Hmmmm……he can talk about ethics, he’s the one who somehow got lost – and blindly stumbled into another...
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Does anyone look good on Botox?

I feel sorry for Carla Bruni if she feels so insecure about her once radiant looks that she had to resort to Botox. I hadn’t noticed her features becoming deep set with wrinkles. Does she hope that a taut expression will make her appear fresh faced, younger and more appealing for her reported new lover? Or is she hoping it might stop her craggy faced husband from tempting to stray? Nicolas...
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Nick Hillman welcomes Caroline Spelman to Cambridge

It’s a great coup for a parliamentary candidate to get a shadow minister to visit them if they are not in a target seat, so very well done to Nick Hillman for persuading Caroline Spelman to support him while she was in Cambridge. Caroline is Shadow Secretary for Communities and Local Government and she called in at an old NatWest bank which is now being used by beginspace, a scheme which...
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The day I met Anna, the Lib Dem porn candidate

I met Anna Arrowsmith last Monday at the House of Lords. It was International Women’s Day and we both attended an event entitled “Achieving Equality in Parliament.” During question time, Anna’s hand shot up. “I’m the first ever parliamentary candidate from the porn industry. I’ve just been selected for the Liberal Democrats.” There was a stunned silence as everyone turned to look at her. She...
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My day in Harlow with Rob Halfon

There are one of two places I would like to  be on election night – Harlow or Luton South. It’s impossible not to be blown away by the impressive support and high regard which our Conservative candidate Robert Halfon has earned from the Essex community. I spent yesterday with him in Harlow and met a woman in her 60s who was voting for the first time ever – for Rob. I met a Labour...
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Election 2010 and Sam v Sarah

What’s he like to live with? What are his annoying habits? Does he wear Y-fronts or  boxers? Can he really be trusted to run the country? What makes him cry? These are some questions which the wives of our political leaders might have to answer soon. With both David Cameron and Gordon Brown both desperately needing to convince  undecided voters that their party should run the country,...
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