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2010 in review

It is that time of year when people look back over the last twelve months and reflect on the highs and lows. This blog is no exception (although reading other’s thoughts over the last few days it is clear there is much consensus on 2010).

– The excitement of the TV debates (and Gordon Brown’s first performance, which will forever be known as the “I agree with Nick” night!)
– David Cameron’s “big, open and comprehensive” offer to the Lib Dems the day after the election; it was a stunning and breathtaking moment (especially for those of us who were at that time highly sleep-deprived!)
– The Coalition negotiations and the poker faces of Hague, Laws and co with the UK press chasing them down the street for five days
– Seeing David Cameron on the steps of Number 10- it made the previous few months all worth it
– The Rose Garden press conference; another stunning occasion which hardly anyone who watched could quite believe was happening
– A personal highlight was seeing my name on a Parliamentary election ballot paper for the first time and the privilege of representing the Conservative Party in Halton; a truly humbling experience

The lows;
– Alistair Stewart shouting throughout the first TV debate!
– Just coming up short on election night (despite the amazing result in Cannock Chase with Aidan Burley defining the odds to win)
– Gordon Brown’s petulant exit from Number 10 to avoid being photographed leaving in the dark (not quite how our constitutional arrangements should work!)
– Almost every Liverpool FC game!

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