Today, we finally laid my colleague and friend Lindsay Frost to rest.
Lindsay passed away on Good Friday and four days later the Prime Minister called the General Election and the council elections, which Lindsay was also co-ordinating, got underway too. It has been an emotional few weeks because we were fighting not just to change Croydon and our country for the better but to finish the work Lindsay had started and to honour his memory.
Kerri has had to wait far too long to bury Lindsay but part of me can’t help feeling that things have worked out this way for a reason. Lindsay wanted so much for us to keep control of the Council, for me to get elected and for David Cameron to become Prime Minister and last night the final piece of the jigsaw fitted into place. Today we could lay him to rest.
It was a small service for family and close friends – there will be a memorial service at Croydon Parish Church on 27th May – and I was deeply honoured when his wife Kerri asked me to give the eulogy. I hope I did him justice.
Every day I sit in the House of Commons I will remember who got me there. Rest in peace my dear friend.