Straight from his appearance with David Davis on Question Time, David Cameron spent an hour with Conservative Party members at St Mary Bourne village hall. Despite very short notice (his timing was only known the day before) the hall was packed, with standing room only.
Members greeted the leadership candidate with loud applause.
"People are fed up with Blair, fed up with spin, fed up with the endless stream of knee-jerk initiatives and policy announcements, with endless red tape and regulation stopping business and the public services from getting on with the job", he told us. "At the next General Election Gordon Brown will represent the past. 'I taxed, I spent, I wasted' will be how the nation sees him. The Conservatives can and will be the party that represents the future. I want to lead that Party."
After his fifteen minute speech, the questions came thick and fast. Asked about specific issues, David gave clear and specific answers, but he emphasised that what is needed now and for the future is clear direction and clear leadership, coupled with deeper thinking about what our country needs, rather than 'tick the boxes' announcements.
Two things were clear - his passionate commitment to get the country back on track, and his belief that he is indeed the man to lead the Conservatives back into office and the country into what he sees as a future full of opportunity.
Thanking David Cameron for visiting his constituency, Sir George said that North West Conservatives was one of the largest and most active Constituency Associations in the country. "Members take their politics seriously and appreciate the opportunity to see one of the candidates in the flesh." He said the country had an appetite for David Cameron's open and engaging approach to politics and re-affirmed his support for David Cameron's leadership bid.
Sir George invited David Davis at the same time as he invited David Cameron, and he plans to cometo Winchester on November 17th