David’s House Notes

1st June 2018

There has been plenty going on with my Ministerial responsibilities in recent weeks, although it has also been an active time in the constituency.  In early May we had the local elections – where not much changed although there was a lot of disquiet about the removal of free parking in Rickmansworth – followed by the usual annual events of the opening of Ricky Week and the Rickmansworth Canal Festival.

I first attended the opening of Ricky Week in 2004 when I was just the Parliamentary candidate.  I got taken to one side by Kay Mendelsohn – the grande dame of The Rickmansworth Society – and told that Richard Page – the then MP for South West Hertfordshire – hadn’t missed the event in 24 years.  I took that as a pretty strong indication of what was expected of me and have so far managed to maintain a 100% attendance record (last year was a close run thing in that I had to rush straight from the official opening to an emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall on a cyber-attack).

I am writing this column shortly before the Ricky Canal Festival.  The first day clashes with the Royal Wedding, so I am not sure what impact that will have on attendance but, as ever, many people have put in a huge effort to make it a success.

One or two people have asked if, as Lord Chancellor, I get invited to the wedding.  “But it’s the Ricky Canal Festival and I am not going to miss it,” I say.  This can provoke a surprised reaction with some suggesting that my commitment to constituency events has gone too far.  At this point, I am obliged to point out that (very sensibly), no politicians had been invited.  But anyway, it is always a very nice canal festival.


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