Fetching and carrying this evening, transporting Hilary Benn MP, the new Environment Secretary from the station to join Phil Wilson and Hilary Armstrong MP canvassing in Newton Aycliffe.
I'd not met Hilary before - I'd read profiles which described him as 'the nicest guy in politics' which I was instinctively suspicious about, but sure enough, I found him charming and astute, and he went down a storm on the doorstep.
On the way back, he told a couple of nice anedotes about his dad (I was brought up in Tony Benn's former Bristol East constituency) and, back to the present, recounted how the opposition has been floored by Gordon Brown's new approach to Government. Hilary had a great seat from the Government benches to see how the Prime Minister's constitutional reform announcements left Cameron and the Tory leadership floundering as proposal after proposal was unveiled which had never crossed their minds.
After some more leafleting, I'll be back canvassing on Friday.