Under 48 hours until the ballot closes for the Presidential election. It has been an amazing campaign. I have managed to visit many constituencies up and down the country, winnable and unwinnable seats and have been out on the doorstep with some of our excellent councillors and activists. The one thing that has struck me more than anything else is the unswerving commitment and dedication to the Liberal Democrat cause that everyone has even though things are not easy for us at the moment. The poll closes at midday on Wednesday.
I was sorry that the West Midlands hustings was cancelled in Birmingham yesterday, it was to be our last official hustings of the campaign. I haven't heard the reasons for cancellation yet but at least the West Midlands regional conference had chance to see videos of all three of us as the conference a couple of weeks ago. It was a shame that we couldn't have attended that but unfortunately it clashed with two other hustings.
I attended the EMLD hustings in London this evening. We had some very interesting questions. The event was sponsored by Liberal Democrat Radio. I am off to the hospital again in the morning to find out how well the operation went. Maybe I shall find out why I am still in so much pain.
Yesterday was amazing. Thanks to a good friend who took me there and back in the same day, I was able to attend the Welsh Hustings, conference and dinner in Aberystwyth. It was excellent and it was well worth going even though it was extremely exhausting and I was still in a lot of pain.
I was delighted that I managed to get to the Haringey hustings meeting this evening. I am still feeling very battered and bruised but it was great to be back on the campaign trail. It is interesting trying to figure out what you can and can't do with just one hand.
Thank you everyone for all your good wishes, they were much appreciated. I came out of hospital today after having the operation yesterday to insert the metal plate in my wrist. Still quite painful but will be out campaigning again soon. I am sorry that I missed campaigning in Cambridge on Friday but also the hustings meetings in Cambridge and Maidstone yesterday but I am delighted that Chris Maines and Kelly-Marie Blundell were able to speak on my behalf and I should like to thank them very much.
Liz was en route to a canvassing session in Cambridge, tripped and broken her wrist. She is in UCHospital where they want to operate and insert a plate. So Liz will miss the hustings tomorrow. After a day off on Sunday - she expects to be back on the campaign trail - albeit with her wrist in plaster !
Another hustings, this time in London. We are certainly covering a lot of ground. Again it was very well attended and a great evening. Next hustings is Cambridge Saturday morning followed by Maidstone Saturday afternoon.