Sunday, 24 July 2016

Garden Party

Yesterday I attended my first political meeting. I say 'meeting', it was the annual Summer Garden Party for the local branch of the Liberal Democrats.

Homemade Lavender Sugar - my hostess gift

My boyfriend came with me for moral support, and there were a couple of people there who I recognised from the HOPE not hate meeting the other day, and, as with that meeting, there were people there of all ages and backgrounds which was lovely.

I didn't get chance to speak to many people, but I did have a couple of nice conversations. Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton was the guest speaker, and it was very interesting for me to hear from a long-term Member of Parliament. A lot of the conversation and questions, obviously, revolved around Brexit and the fall-out from the referendum, and occasionally the debate became quite passionate. I found it fascinating to listen to the different opinions, and I learned a couple of things that I hadn't been aware of previously. And, as with anything and anyone, I found it reassuring when my opinions or thoughts were validated (albeit in a much more eloquent manner than I could have put it myself!).

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon, spent in beautiful surroundings with very interesting people, and although I didn't win anything at the raffle, I look forward to the next one!


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