Guest Speaker at the Annual Dinner of the North West Hampshire Conservative Association at St Mary Bourne Village Centre was the Rt Hon William Hague MP, former Leader of the Party.
Before his after-dinner speech, William Hague signed copies of his recently-published biography of Pitt the Younger. After dinner, he addressed a packed audience about his leadership, and the opportunities now ahead of the party.
"I did the Night Watch" he said, referring to his leadership of the Party from 1997 to 2001 "But there are good prospects now ahead"
He suggested that, before anyone voted in the next election, they should ask themselves a number of questions. "Do you feel more confident about your pension than you did seven years ago? When you go out on a Friday or Saturday night, do you feel safer? Do you think your taxes are being more sensibly administered? Is it easier to get around the country? Are key public services any better?"
He said that most people would answer "No" to those questions.
The dinner was chaired by Association Chairman Margaret Milner-Williams, and organised by Margaret Wicks.