The winning team visited Kingsley the night before last, mob-handed, all blue-rinsed and enthusiastic with their chirpy "can we rely on your support?" It turns out their candidate this time round is a nice looking old buffer who'd be happy to talk to me and is definitely not a "single-issue advocate".
David Ashcroft is, apparently, a flourishing farmer and Selborne parish councillor and is keen to develop tourism in the area whilst helping businesses hidden away in homes or barn conversions.
One ominous sign though is that he has a virgin.net email address, just like Pelham Ravenscroft who was defeated in 2003. Does this portend a Tory defeat? surely not.