It’s not just that I am having withdrawal symptoms from a wonderful four days at Conference that makes me want to rush down to Witney to spend time with more Liberal Democrats.
That may be part of it, but why would I want to risk the guilt-inducing wrath of my dog by leaving her again so soon?
On Monday, I’m travelling 350 miles for a whirlwind 24 hours of leaflet delivery or whatever else needs doing to help the wonderful Liz Leffman’s campaign. I’m doing so for several reasons;
A good result for the Liberal Democrats is important for party and country
A major theme of Conference is that we’re not going to stand by and see our country ruined while there’s something we can do about it. We are going to stand up and make the case for the closest possible relationship with the EU and for our country to be that generous-hearted, internationalist, collaborative force for good in the world.
This by-election is our chance to show that we are making progress as a party, that we can get public opinion on our side.
The party is taking this very seriously. They are even playing the cute dog card very early on. Seriously, a picture of a local activists’ dog was used to lure us there yesterday.
We are going to be fighting a good campaign and the sooner we do stuff the better.