This will be a busy week. Voting papers went out to all members of the Conservative Party in the East of England offering them the chance to rank their candidates for next years Euro-elections. It is a huge geographic area and we are trying to meet as many members as possible. A few days ago we were in Swaffham in Norfolk, yesterday we went South and were overlooking the Thames Estuary in Southend. We go back East to Ipswich tomorrow and then West of the M1 towards Watford on Thursday.
Today some of us joined the Eastern Region Conservative Women's Association conference. The topic was "growing older". The Chief Executive of Age Concern for Essex spoke not just about care of the elderly but about older people's concerns; isolation, fear of crime, rising food prices, heating bills, support for carers, pensions, lack of rural transport etc. He pointed out that in Essex alone the life expectancy can be up to 14 years longer between the most affluent and the most deprived ward.
Members of the Conservative Women's Association are a powerful group. It was good to see them unite members from across this wide area and to hear them focusing (yet again) on the key issues facing all our communities.