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We're you thinking what the Conservatives were thinking? Did you believe the Lib Dems were the real alternative? Is Labour moving forward not back? This blog will focus on all things political. It will be irritating, agitating and maybe just maybe it will get you thinking.

Monday, June 06, 2005

New faces - but who will shine?

For a moment while I walked through Portcullis House today I imagined how my life would have been different if I had picked up just over 10,000 more votes taking my total to the 22,000+ votes Id have needed to be the MP for Bassetlaw.

Oh well - next time - as people keep telling me. I'll have to settle for the occasional cup of tea with an MP and a trip to the Gift shop every so often.

following the 2001 election I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to help out one of the best campaigners in the business - Andrew Turner MP for the Isle of Wight- who was rewarded with a much increased majority this time.

But who are going to be the stars of the 2005 intake for the Conservatives. Michael Gove has often been portrayed as one on the great new hopes of the party. Ed Vaizey is well established within Conservative circles. Jeremy Hunt fought a great campaign and comes across as just the sort of person the party needs. Of course we can't forget people such as Theresa Villiers who has been talked about as the next female Conservative leader. Perhaps only time will tell as to who out of the 2005 intake is destined for greatness.


  • At Friday, June 10, 2005 12:27:00 pm, Blogger Serf said…

    Being lined up as a star of the future seems to be the kiss of death.

  • At Friday, June 10, 2005 8:12:00 pm, Blogger Jonathan Sheppard said…

    The problem is that you never know what will happen. There is a constant flow of talent, and if you don't take an opportunity when it presents itself - you may not be in a position to do so a few years down the line. Some would have said Ken Clare may have been the best leader the Conservatives never had - but irrespective of that - my view is that he has missed his opportunity.

    Some people say you have to be lucky to become leader - but luck is opportunity meeting readiness. Out of the potential leaders I would suggest that only a few are ready.


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