Last night Jayne and I went out to the Arora hotel to a party that was being thrown to thank Laura Moffatt for her work as Crawley’s MP before she retired last year.
It was supposed to be a surprise party, and if Laura did suspect anything she is not going to spoil anybody’s time by letting on.Â She certainly appeared to be surprised.
Guest of honour was Alan Johnson, who had Laura as his PPS when he was a minister.Â He spoke well of his high regard for her and her popularity in Westminster.
Various people from local organisations also spoke about how Laura had helped and supported her during her time as MP.Â There were representatives from the Gurjar Hindu Union, the Neighbourhood Watch, Cadia, Crawley Open House, Crawley Campaign Against Racism, the Ahmidaya Muslims, Crawley Hospital League of Friends and others – even a Tory councillor.
A fair range of speakers, but really it was only scratching the surface.Â I have sat in her MP surgeries before, spent some time in her office and been at quite a few official engagements so have an idea of how much time and effort she put into representing the town.Â As an ex-neighbour I also had an idea of the ridiculous hours she kept doing everything.
The only shame is that it took so long to get round to organising the party but, as Brenda Smith said, there was a lot going on last year.
I even made a bit of progress on my resolution to drink more by having a pint of lager, but when I found that a pint and an orange juice cost nearly eight quid I knew I was unlikely to get drunk.