Up to Newton Aycliffe yesterday with two car loads of Darlington Party members to help with the canvassing effort.
It was a gorgeous sunny evening, and we found loads of people in. We're an efficient lot in Darlington, and soon finished the boards allocated to us, which covered Cobblers Hall, a newer housing estate to the east of the town centre.
So it was a case of back to HQ to collect some more work, this time in a more established residential area to immediately to the south of the shopping centre.
Of course anything I or a hack from any other party writes about the by-election will be taken with a huge pinch of salt, but I was genuinely impressed with the reception we received. You know you're onto a winner when residents open the door, see the red rosette and smile automatically, and I got that response at house after house, particularly in Cobblers Hall.
I see the Echo are quoting the bookmakers odds on a Phil Wilson win at 1/200 on. The bookies aren't mugs, and if the rest of the constituency is anything like what we saw last night, in two very different communities, I think they're about right.