Speaking at The Romsey and North West Hants Conservative Club in Stockbridge, Robert Key - MP for nearby Salisbury - said that the Party Conference in Blackpool had been a stunning success. "It was marvellous to see the Conservative Party so cheerful again - and we have much to be cheerful about." He said that the leadership contest was an excellent advertisement for the Party, with some high calibre candidates standing, and the debate focussing on the way forward.
He said that it was important to attract more young people into the Party, and described how he had joined the party some thirty years ago when, as a young teacher, he discovered Mick McGahey and the miners holding the country to ransome.
He described the challenges which he faced in his own constituency following the proposed boundary changes.
Sir George said he was confident that Robert's excellent reputation as a local MP would see him returned with a bigger majority even if there were fewer voters.
The lunch was chaired by Mrs Ann Homan and attended by the NWHCA Chairman, Mrs Margaret Milner-Williams.