Phill's New Job
Two most asked questions since I lost my seat in the National Assembly have been "Are you going to stand against Lembit Opik" and "What's happened to Phill". Phill ran my Assembly office for almost the whole 8 years I was there - and he ran it like clockwork. He made sure that I turned up where I was supposed to turn up - armed with whatever papers I needed. Whenever I used to mutter something like "I wish I could find that damn report on 'whatever' that I read 6 years ago - it would materialise on my desk a few minutes later. Brilliant. People used to think I dominated Phill. The truth was that Phill dominated me. We were a good team. He was my 'eyes and ears' around the corridors - and loyalty was his middle name.
It seemed odd to me that none of the newly elected Tories did not want to take Phill on. I suppose he is a bit different. Well, this morning he started work in Darren Millar's office on a half time basis. Darren has made a smart move here. My opinion of the boy Darren rises every time I meet him - and I don't give a stuff what Alun Pugh used to say about him. He's going to have a big influence on the Welsh Conservative Party over the next few years.
So that's the Phill issue settled. Now, what about the other question. I'll be able to answer that in 8 days time, after the Montgomeryshire Conservative Association has chosen either me, or a very pleasant young man named Mathew, who's from Surrey, at an Open Primary in Montgomeryshire next Wednesday evening. Anybody who is on the electoral roll in Montgomeryshire can come and vote at Llansantffraid at 4.30 or Carno at 7.00. I must ask Phill to ring me and remind me to turn up on time.