With Friends Like These
Paul Maynard is standing in the Conservative interest in Twickenham. This is a marginal seat that the Tories can win. All men and women good and true should hope that Paul emerges triumphant. I have known him for over five years, and am certain that he would be a terrific MP.
Paul has – literally - a first-class brain. He puts it to very good use at Conservative Central Office, and I marvelled at his command of facts, figures and the intricacies of policy. He has the stamina of a carthorse, and puts in long hours to ensure that his work is never less than exemplary. He is shrewd, and although his politics are steeped in an appreciation of Conservative philosophy, he has an independent mind.
OK, so he’s a hardworking clever clogs. That in and of itself is commendable, and something we should all want in our MP. But what makes Paul truly outstanding is that this ability and work ethic is coupled with a genuine calling to make life better for people. He is passionate about wanting to improve a country he loves dearly, and unlike many of the smart-suited wannabe technocrats (who are to be found in all the main parties), he won’t resent being asked to sort out someone’s pension, drawing attention to a dangerous road, or sitting through lengthy surgeries with constituents, a few of whom – as in any seat - will be certifiably mad (my words, not his).
Certainly Paul will treat the House of Commons to brilliant speeches on healthcare, foreign policy and reform of the upper house. In time he may serve in the Cabinet – I hope so. But helping his constituents will be the meat and potatoes of his work as an MP.
I have tramped the streets of East London canvassing for Paul in council elections, and watched him work ferociously hard when no-one gave him a prayer of winning. He didn’t win, but he got commendably high turnouts, and people who met him saw a young man with a rare commitment to public service. He deserves the chance to perform that service in Parliament.
If you are sympathetic to the Conservative cause, or if you simply agree with me that Paul Maynard would make a very fine MP, why not give him some of your time? If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I can pass your details on to Paul.