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I have had Justine Greening, Hilary Benn and someone else I recognised but don't know the name of. I haven't spoken to any, though I did grin at Hilary Benn who apologised for hitting me with his newspaper.
um, about a dozen.
The nicest was Derek Wyatt, who is lovely; the most slimy was Oliver Heald.
Ivan Lewis, David Owen and erstwhile jailbird David Chaytor. David Trippier's (former Tory MP for Rossendale) son went to my school, and was a bit of a cock.
Paddy Ashdown came to my primary school in his helicopter, for some reason.
Tessa Jowell and Hazel Blears both spoke at events I worked at in my previous job. Tessa Jowell was a TERRIBLE public speaker, which is weird, I thought that was the one thing politicians were supposed to be good at! Hazel Blears was very friendly and polite to everyone rather than breezing in with an entourage, so I liked her a lot.
I also saw Danny Alexander with his family at the Barnet Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, but I don't think that counts.
Vince Cable is the most boring public speaker I've ever seen.
Most patronising woman I've ever had a conversation with.
also, for my A-Level history project I did something about anti-nuclear protests, and I got a really nice handwritten letter back from Joan Ruddock, plus letters with info in from Tony Benn and Dawn Primorolo's 'people'.
Edward Garnier, (lots of times)
Andrew Robathan, (lots of times)
David Taylor, (now dead)
plus a cabinet member, I am ashamed to say that he brought me a drink, I brought him one.
On a lighter note, my uncle used to hob nob with well known characterful mp Tam Dayell, at a dinner they discussed Jeffrey Archer, and, within Archers earshot, agreed that he was 'a little shit'.
My Uncle had known Archer since they were both youths (in Weston Super Mare) apparently he was 'a little shit' back then as well
labour stand no chance, but that doesn't stop him from trying to influence things without actually any prospect of winning in his ward. Hes a real nice guy who genuinely pounds the streets and meets people all year round and tries to use his position of opposition to round up and sum up peoples feelings and present petitions to those that are in power, he also uses the local papers to present campaigns and objections by the people, I always stop to chat with him and he even manages to put up with that.
maybe it is because he has not been tainted by power, but he is far and away the nicest, most sincere politician that I have met (perhaps that is why he hasnt succeeded in climbing the ladder)
Basically check the Sun tomorrow if you want to hear about all the MPs I've met ;;;)))