MP for Southend West came to Hampshire to address the Luncheon Club, organised jointly by Romsey and NW Hants Conservatives.
The meeting was chaired by Hilary Seddon, Luncheon Club Chairman, and David Amess spoke of the challenge facing him when he contested the Basildon seat in 1983. "We had no councillors on the district council, no agent and no money." He persuaded a relative to act as his agent, and defeated the sitting MP in a contest no one expected him to win. He attributed his success in part to the popularity in Essex of Margaret Thatcher's Right-to-Buy policy.
A supporter of David Davies in the leadership contest, he told his audience that David Cameron had done a fantastic job in the past two years. He deplored the use of spin in politics, and regretted the way resources had been diverted away from areas such as Essex and Hampshire to the North. He advised the Party to keep its policies up its sleeve, or otherwise they would be borrowed by the Government.
A vote of thanks was given by Cllr Janet Whiteley.