Apart from the usual deluge of paperwork and emails to work through on Saturday – I went off to help petition passers by in front of Hornsey Town Hall to sign against the plans for a concrete factory in Hornsey. They go to appeal in December. Very jolly – with lots and lots of support from local people incandescent about a dust producing, traffic polluting, noise making industry being dumped in the middle of a really highly residential area. The fight goes on.
It’s also a LibDem campaigning weekend – so a whole bunch of LibDem activists turn up to not only support the petition, but also deliver our leaflets across the constituency and part of Tottenham too.
I then scoot off to St Andrew’s Church to view the plans they have on display for renovations with the lottery funding they have, most wonderfully and at their third attempt, succeeded in getting. The old hall won’t know itself when the works are finished and I am totally glad that I managed to get there to see the ‘before’. The ‘after’ will mean so much more when I see it there. I meet a devoted team who have really slogged through the whole process of bidding for lottery money (not an easy process) and – because of their determination – have now been rewarded. It will be great for the local community because it will offer meeting room and hall facilities, staging facilities and they hope to run a proper lunch club.
In the evening I go to my daughter’s school for their firework display. I know Ally Pally probably has the best display – but a mother’s duty…
Sunday – have spent day writing speech for evening and sorting out the piles of paper that never diminish. I think Harry Potter must replenish them with a flourish of his wand. I only mention Potter because the excitement is mounting in my household over the fourth film. Live streaming from Leicester Square ensures youngest glued to computer to watch red carpet arrivals of the stars. I confess to being a Potter fan too.
After a campaign team meeting to review and cajole for the forthcoming council elections in which we hope and plan to win control of Haringey Council, I go to a North London Jewish group to give a speech and take questions on police, crime and disorder. Very lively lot! Over an hour of questions – and very vocal. I quite enjoyed myself.
Come home around 10.30pm to loads of messages which turn out to be all about the fact that I will have to front for the Lib Dems at the meeting with Charles Clarke in the morning over the Government’s anti-terrorism plans.