21 September 2006

Justine Greening - Best MP Of New Intake?

Having cut her teeth by substantially cutting the Labour majority in Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush in the 2001 general election, in 2005, Justine Greening engineered one of the largest swings of the night and won the South-West London constituency of Putney from Labour. She was the first Tory MP to be declared and her excellent victory speech was so resonant, that I have no doubt that she planted regrets in many ordinary voters’ minds who failed to back us. Her win was pavement politics at its best. As well as walking 6 miles a day canvassing, her team also campaigned at train stations – which I think is an excellent tactic.

I have to admit that I have more faith in Tory MPs who have always been Conservative and had their views rigorously challenged. Take the following exchange from the Grauniad
Were you always a Conservative? "Yes, and trust me, in Rotherham in the 80s that was a difficult matter. You would get challenged for your beliefs all the time... But I didn't want to blame Mrs Thatcher. Who should you blame? The patient with the gangrene or the surgeon who has the courage to amputate the toe? But as a teenager growing up in the middle of that was difficult."

Since entering Parliament, she must have been one of the hardest-working MPs around. This makes it abundantly clear what she is doing at constituency level and she is clearly doing well on the Select Committee for Work & Pensions, but I am especially impressed about her work for the wider cause. I know for a fact that she has been to events in the Midlands and is an engaging speaker. She is well involved with Conservative Future and in the last two days I have turned down an invitation to Feltham & Heston Conservatives (with Justine as speaker) and read an excellent interview by her in Accountancy Age lambasting Labour’s work on the Company Law bill.

In this interview, she mentions that it was her three years working abroad (in Lausanne, Switzerland) that "kickstarted her decision to join the Conservatives". I find a lot of people have a similar awakening from their experience of working overseas. Also, she mentions the time when somebody said to her about her election success "It’s really good for diversity in the House" to which she replied "Yes, you’re right, there aren’t really enough accountants on the green benches". I get a feeling that my cursory research on Justine only scratches the surface of the work she's been doing. Does anyone have a bad word to say about Justine?

7 comments:

Sam Tarran said...

Sounds like a very honourable woman indeed. Certainly, she'll play a great role in the future of the Conservative Party.

Peter Smallbone said...

She's great:

http://petersmallbone.blogspot.com/2006/02/rubbing-shoulders-with-big-cheeses.html

Pete

pakman said...

She beat Tony Colman so she's got ability. She also has a hint of Kirsten Dunst about her so she'll go far...

Ellee said...

I have met Justine. She's the sort of girl who just gets stuck in to a job. When she campaigned, it was all on local issues and she refused to mention immigration on her election material, she is very independent minded and very solid. Lucky Putney.

Praguetory said...

Unanimous so far. Ellee, I think I remember you asking about female role models. Whether she likes it or not, she is one.

TJ said...

Hi praguetory, coming back to your blog again. I can only agree with your view on Justine Greening, I had a personal experience with her since I participated in her personal campaign for a week during the GE. We went over the channel as a group of ODS Leadership Academy (www.leadershipacademy.cz) which I organize with my friends for ODS members. We wanted to research and experience some advanced political marketing and therefore we divided into two groups and worked with local Conservatives in two of London's constituencies. I was in Justine's one. Although she seemed to me as a bit inexperienced and not really a charismatical type of leader, she succeeded in persuading people that she cares about the place and can be a decent representative. The sweetest experience was the results celebration, where she - exhausted and happy - thanked to everyone and became a TV success story for many. I guess that the thing that got her co-workers during the campaing to selfdestructive working pace and voters to vote for her was her very simple and very visible dedication to the job - pure interest and will to solve problems. Right should have more people like this Europe-wide, or actually world-wide.

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