A hectic day - and the best of the campaign so far.
It started with Boris Johnson visiting New Addington for a walkabout along Central Parade then a public meeting at the ACA. Boris has an incredible ability to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds - everyone wanted to meet him and have their photo taken with him. And he saw for himself the potential of New Addington if both the public and private sectors invest here. I also took the opportunity to lobby him about the extension of the tram system to Crystal Palace and we agreed to work together to lobby the new government for the necessary funding to make it happen.
Spent the rest of the day door knocking in Shirley and Forestdale - best response of the campaign so far - before a hustings meeting at Coloma, where I and my Labour and Liberal Democrat opponents faced some really tough questions. You never really know how well you have done at these meetings but one point that seemed to go down well was that above and beyond the economic arguments for taking action to reduce government borrowing there is a very powerful moral case - it is plain wrong for our generation to enjoy public services that we are not prepared to pay for and make our children pay for them instead. The pupils at Coloma and elsewhere are going to spend most of their working lives paying off the debt that Gordon Brown has built up. The Government already spends more on debt interest than on our schools and Gordon Brown plans to continue increasing debt at an alarming rate.
Then it was home to watch the second leaders' debate, which I thought Cameron just edged. All in all a good day, topped off by the launch of our manifesto for the armed forces, which sets out how we will properly support our servicemen and women and their families and our veterans. One of my best friends serves in the Royal Marines. Whatever they think of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, everyone I meet agrees that the way in which this Government has sent people like him to fight for this country without the necessary equipment is a national disgrace and it's great to see David Cameron and Liam Fox coming forward with proposals to do something about it.