Wednesday 28th November 1990

A day scheduled for FOCUS work rudely interrupted with a personal BBC TV interview in the absence of a LibDem PPC in either local constituency to oppose John Major. This evening to Sally’s house for a Liberal Democrat committee meeting which was very well attended with a number of new people who had come along to join in as potential candidates for next May's Town Council elections.

John Major has bravely appointed Michael Heseltine as Environment Secretary with the brief of sorting out the Poll Tax and regrettably chose no female ministerial colleagues the first time in 25 years as his second mistake

I was slower to rise this morning but had got washed and shaved and could therefore at least have breakfast with the girls even though I was dressed only in pyjamas and dressing gown! I quickly dressed and did my chores afterwards as I was expecting Sally to arrive to key with some FOCUS copy. When she arrived, she brought her daughter, Alex, with her who professed that she was not well today but seemed well enough by then and happily sat in the play-room and watched "David the Gnome" video-tapes. Sally typed away and then my plans were thrown into flux by a call from BBC Television. They wanted to know who the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate was for John Major's Huntingdon Constituency and I did not know.

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Tuesday 27th November 1990

I joined Diana for her regular Tuesday shopping trip to Cambridge on what had become a nice, still and sunny morning and then spent the afternoon editing my Focus newsletter until joining the HDC Policy Committee to consider the link road around Ramsey & Bury in the evening, which I almost got deferred.  

We were all astonished to hear that John Major had been elected Conservative Leader and thus Prime Minister.

I was up a little late but was still able to get to the table in time to have a breakfast of croissants with the family. These days, Diana uses the oven to heat them and they are nice and crisp to eat. I decided to join Diana on a shopping trip to Cambridge today as it was a chance to meet her parents and also to get some of my own Christmas shopping done before the shops get so crowded in December. There was still a lot of traffic on entering the city and so we parked on the outskirts and walked across St Johns College grounds on what had become a nice, still and sunny morning. The peaceful and serene scene was somewhat spoilt by us being approached by a beggar to whom I gave fifty pence and I thought allowed that I hoped that the passing of Thatcher's Britain would see the end of all this.

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Monday 26th November 1990

A strong north-easterly breeze had blown up after it had rained hard overnight which made the house cold and so I put off my outside chores and worked on lots of correspondence this morning and most of the afternoon before making lots of calls to secure candidates for the forthcoming St Neots Town Council elections.

The News is of the Tory leadership election with all three candidates making conflicting claims on their level of support.              

It had rained hard overnight and again later today so and, whilst this had taken the edge off of the cold air, a strong north-easterly breeze had blown up and this also made the house seem cold. I was late up and had breakfast in my pyjamas. Debbie was making a fuss about walking to the bus stop until, whilst rushing round to get her sports things which she had forgotten, she fell and hurt her ankle and so Diana had to take her to the bus-stop in the car after all! I put off my chores and worked on lots of correspondence this morning and for a fair part of the afternoon as well. The new VISA credit cards had come from the Co-op and so I was writing to cancel the Barclays Premier ones because of their costs.

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Sunday 25th November 1990

After the first cold night of the season, using our electric blankets, the family had breakfast, leaving Dan and Angela to have their later. Then a long morning session visiting colleagues and compiling our latest Focus edition, before all of us (except Debbie on a hack) enjoying a roast chicken lunch together. A restful afternoon watching TV after our guests had left for Norwich. The weather became bright again today after overnight mist here and fog elsewhere.           

We had our electric blankets switched on last night again for the first time this season and we really appreciated them, it being so cold. Slept well consequently and was rested and relaxed this morning when Diana brought me my morning tea at 7.00am. She had a lay in but called me at the usual time. It was another cold morning, and I was glad also of my hot shave and shower before breakfast. I would have preferred to have delayed the family breakfast to have had the company of Daniel and Angela, but Diana had not arranged that and so the rest of us ate alone, but still it was a fine fried meal which we enjoyed. My morning chores afterwards as the lovebirds ate and then I finished off my own FOCUS copy and set off on a morning of gathering up that of my colleagues.

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