This photo was taken in April 1993, during one of Paddy’s three overnight stays at our home. It was the time of the Newbury parliamentary by-election. This photo was taken in our dining room, just before I went to work one morning.
A few weeks before, we’d suffered the horrible blow of suddenly losing our son.
Paddy’s frequent visits during the election fight were a huge shot in the arm to the Newbury campaign.
But personally, it really was a huge uplift and inspiration to meet Paddy and have him stay in our home. With Paddy, you get a feeling that you don’t get with many other people. You get the feeling that he is 100% on your side and that he will fight any necessary battles alongside you. It is always a huge comfort to know this.
In the years since, through good times and bad times, Paddy has always been there for the party – an essential rock to lean on.
So now, as Paddy faces his own battle, he deserves the greatest of good fortune and to know that many people are willing him on.