clarexmaslight2203365_nIt was a busy Friday night: I took part in the switch-on of Clare Christmas lights and then hopped in the car to get to Newmarket in time to meet and greet guests at the West Suffolk Conservative Association General Election Dinner

The lights switch-on was a great event, masterminded by Vicky and Robin Stone. Hundreds of people packed the Market Hill. I have never addressed such a large crowd of people before – and I am not sure how many heard my words – but they cheered and laughed in the right places and roared their way through the count down. It was heart-warming to see so many families from Clare and surrounding villages having such a great time.

When I called in to see Robin at his shop yesterday he was already outlining his plans to make next year’s event bigger and better – there is no stopping the man!

Our WSCA dinner was held in the newly refurbished banqueting suite at the Bedford Lodge Hotel – which is stunning. Fiona Unwin and Paula Wade pulled out the stops to make sure it was a terrific evening – from the champagne raffle to the hotly contested auction.

 180px-Daniel_Finkelstein Our guest of honour was Times political writer Danny Finklestein, aka Lord Finklestein of Pinner, who with great wit and humour gave us his take on the forthcoming election: it will be down to how people feel they are faring financially, what they think about the economy and who they believe will make the best Prime Minister. Matt Hancock was in good form too and sent us off into the night fired up and raring to get stuck into the election campaign.