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Maidstone: one of the best prospects for a Lib Dem gain

I ended yesterday with as many black jumpers in my possession as I started with it, inadvertently demonstrating how churn is often more interesting than net change as I managed the beautifully coincidental double of both retrieving one lost jumper and losing another one on the campaign trail.

In-between showing why I should never be allowed to run stock control in a jumper warehouse (and despite some eccentric travel advice from the internet), I went campaigning in Maidstone where the fearsomely effective Jasper Gerard is in with a strong chance of taking the seat off the Conservatives.

For a challenger, his name recognition amongst voters is extremely impressive – and there are a few MPs who would struggle to beat him on that score. He’s also blessed with a very controversial opponent in Helen Grant.

Jasper Gerard phone canvassing.

Jasper Gerard phone canvassing.

An unexpected spot of campaigning: a quick interview with the BBC

An unexpected spot of campaigning: a quick interview with the BBC.

My shirt did a particularly fine job in the 'look supportive behind the candidate' category.

My shirt did a particularly fine job in the ‘look supportive behind the candidate’ category.

With a Conservative MP as controversial as Helen Grant, the Lib Dem campaign is  - unusually - naming her prominently in its campaign literature.

With a Conservative MP as controversial as Helen Grant, the Lib Dem campaign is – unusually – naming her prominently in its campaign literature.

What a very fine choice of wall decoration in the Maidstone Liberal Democrat office.

What a very fine choice of wall decoration in the Maidstone Liberal Democrat office.

Shock news. Posters are being used in Maidstone.

Shock news. Posters are being used in Maidstone.

As long as no-one is going to raise taxes on catnip, this moggy isn't stressed by the election.

As long as no-one is going to raise taxes on catnip, this moggy isn’t stressed by the election.

Rounded off the day with some calling with Liz Barker in the Team 2015  London volunteer centre - and recruited two new phone canvassers for the party.

Rounded off the day with some calling with Liz Barker in the Team 2015 London volunteer centre – and recruited two new phone canvassers for the party.

Do go help Jasper’s campaign if you have any time to spare:

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