Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Kissing babies (quickly) in Blackpool

On Saturday, Wendy and I spent the day in Blackpool. We drove up in the morning and had a coffee and a bacon sandwich in a cafe before going in to Blackpool Town Hall for a meeting of the North West Regional Labour Party board. We are moving the meetings around the region, the last three before this were in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.

The Town Hall has a lovely entrance with flowers and house plants in a bed in the reception and a beautiful stained glass window. In the absence of the chair, I took over the chairing of the meeting and was pleased to welcome Phil Woolas MP, the new Minister for the North West Region to his first meeting. We had some very interesting discussions ranging from defence jobs in Cumbria, Hydropower in New Mills, public appointments to commissions and quangos. We also planned regional conference in November in Southport and talked about our progress in the key marginal constituencies ready for the General Election. None of which I can mention on a public website.

After a really good meeting, Wendy and I met and went out with Joan Humble MP and her agent to knock on some doors in her constituency, while colleagues joined Gordon Marsden in his. After a rather wind-swept couple of hours we were pleased to meet up with other members for a BBQ and the obligatory fund raising raffle (Wendy won some flowers and a vase to put them in). Thanks must go to David Mennon for hosting the board and making us all feel so welcome.

1 comment:

colin said...

when will i get my stick of rock?