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Week three - Lawrie Quinn Labour Scarborough & Whitby

Election diaries

Last Wednesday Whitby was graced with a flying visit by the deputy leader of the Tory Party trying to stir up a nonsense claim about the future of Whitby Hospital. They say it will close after the General Election. 'Only if there's a Tory government, ' I'm thinking.

It's Thursday and I go head to head with my Tory challenger in front of 400 Scarborough College students before an interview for Yorkshire Coast radio and more doorstep work in Seamer. The afternoon is spent with health minister John Hutton visiting Whitby Hospital.

An early evening meal at the 'home of the Yorkshire Pudding' at Scarborough's Crescent Hotel is followed by a final hustings meeting organised by Scarborough Churches Together.

Friday is the highlight of my week when I do a photo call at a village nursery to promote healthy eating. I tell jokes and stories and make them a fruit salad.

The afternoon is spent with members and staff of the Elder Street Centre. This is the part of politics I love - people are supportive, focused and warm.

Saturday is spent handing out balloons, but an accident involving the gas canister nozzle leaking leaves everyone in the campaign car squeaking in falsetto voices. The rest of my Saturday was fine after we brought inflation under control and popped the slightest possibility of boom and bust in this campaign.

To view Lawrie Quinn's diary visit www. durhamlabour.

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