Monday, 15 January 2007
Cost of being a candidate
Con-home website is on about the cost of being a candidate again. When I was selected as the parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Northfield one of the first things I did was go to visit the MG Rover factory, the largest employer in the constituency. I also bought a second hand Rover 25. It was the worst financial investment of my life. (You will remember that the company went bust in the middle of the general election.)
Despite this I love my Rover 25.
As the Conservative parliamentary candidate I got to fight for the issues I care about about, in the country I love.
I fought that battle for the Rover workers and others. For people that deserve an honest, decent, forward looking government.
Yes, being a candidate in a general election carries a high financial cost. Every candidate would be better off focusing on a "proper job". But please remember the experience as a candidate is one that can not be measured in money alone.