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Yes Prime Minister and Hello Again Boris

 Published on: 23rd October 2014   |   By: Nik Allen

The Prime Minister, Richard Harrington MP and Nik reviewing My Watford News

The Prime Minister, Richard Harrington MP and Nik reviewing My Watford News

It’s been a busy and interesting seven days for me. Within the space of 24 hours I met two of the country’s most powerful men.

On Thursday I attended a drinks reception at 10 Downing Street.

It was an evening held for local media editors to meet the Prime Minister David Cameron.

It’s the second occasion I’ve been to number 10, and the grand surroundings impressed me more this time around. I think that was because I was far less nervous than before so I took more notice of things around me.

I took the 80 metre walk from the security gates to the doors of number 10 slowly. Taking time to think of all the great leaders (and not so great) who had trod that pavement.

We were taken into a large reception area and I felt proud that I was rubbing shoulders with the editors of some of the country’s great local newspapers.

The Manchester Evening News, The Birmingham Mail and The Liverpool Echo editors were all there. And so was My News.

I’d met the Prime Minister once before, a couple of years after he had moved into number 10. He seemed more confident and statesmanlike this time around chatting and mixing freely with everyone.

Just 24 hours before, I met the man tipped to be next in line to take over from the PM – the irrepressible Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. I’d also rubbed shoulders with Boris before during last year’s Ride London cycle event.

This time round he was the guest speaker at a dinner evening in central London. He’s exactly like what you see on the TV. Energetic, eccentric and affable.

But don’t be fooled by the wild hair. He’s obviously a very shrewd operator and his speech was delivered with skill, passion and intelligence.

It was on the tip of my tongue to cheekily invite the Prime Minister or the Mayor to the My Local Heroes awards on Friday 28 November. I didn’t, which I regretted slightly as you never know – you might just get lucky.

Mayor Boris Johnson and Nik testing each other's grip.

Mayor Boris Johnson and Nik testing each other’s grip.

On the subject of luck, we launch our 13th title, My Ruislip News, in January next year.

More about that in next week’s blog.

Until next time, thanks for reading and be lucky.

Nik

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