Conservatives from Woolton Hill, East Woodhay, Penwood and Highclere met at East Woodhay Village Hall for their annual Christmas lunch of bangers and mash. They were joined by their former MP, Sir David Mitchell, recently returned from a lecture tour of North America.
Speaking at the lunch, Sir George said that the new Conservative front bench were performing strongly. "Michael Howard did very well on Tuesday, responding to the Chancellor's Pre Budget Statement. He reminded us how often we had heard all the promises before, and they had not been kept. Oliver Letwin is turning out to be a star Shadow Home Secretary, performing well against David Blunkett; and Caroline Spelman and Damian Green have all been doing well."
Sir George went on to say that the Blair/Brown axis, on which the Government depended, was coming under pressure, and the Government's performance was beginning to look ragged and dishevelled."