"I can confirm that one of you has secured over 50% of the votes". It was the Chairman of the Montgomeryshire Association opening up the formal bit after the count had been completed at tonight's Open Primary to choose the Conservative candidate for the next General Election. Matthew Groves, my opponent was on the edge of his seat, wondering which of us this 'one' was. I just said, "Of course one of us has won over 50%of the votes. There are only two of us." Which makes me ask myself what would have happened if it had been a dead heat. I'll make enquiries tomorrow.
Anyway the Chairman and the 'enforcer' from Central Office, otherwise known as Vince looked at me with blank expressions and carried on "and that person is Glyn Davies". Great news for me and disappointing news for Mathew. In passing, I thought he was a really terrific bloke. I hope he gets a winnable seat. Now its Lembit Opik's 7173 majority that's in my sights. Good night all round - so Mrs D opened (and we finished) a bottle of 'champers' as Dame Jennifer Smith, ex-Prime Minister of Bermuda calls it. Feeling great and off to bed - have to be up at 4.00 and in London for 9.00 tomorrow. That is hellish - but I refuse to be deflated. Westminster, here we come.