Abbotts Ann Conseravtives held a riverside barbecue after a busy political week for their MP, Sir George Young. With Gordon Brown's Comprehensive Spending Review on Monday, the Butler Report on Wednesday, two by-elections and a statement on railways - on which Sir George spoke - it had been a busy time.
Talking about the by-elections, Sir George said it was important to put them in context. "These by-elections need to be seen alongside the Euro-elections and the local elections last month. The common theme has been disappointment with the Government; here in Hampshire in the Euro-elections, we were way ahead of all the other parties - and across the country we were well ahead as well. In London, where we are way behind Labour in terms of Parliamentary seats, we won the popular vote. Again, people worked out how to register disappointment with the Government."
Turning to the by-elections, Sir George said that people had worked out that, in Leicester South and Birmingham Hodge Hill, that the Liberal Democrats were best placed to do that. "We have no council seats in Hodge Hill, and only two in Leicester South So people turned to the LibDems. But as we move to a General Election, people will realise there is only one way to get rid of the Government, and that is to vote for us."