Ross Pepper's campaign postcard

Standing in a parliamentary by-election is a very new experience for me - I have stood for election before but never anything on this scale and at this pace.  Elections are usually known about weeks and months ahead and operate on a long term timetable - this election all told will be just 5 weeks and in 9 days will be over, bar the counting of the votes.

But whilst I'm working hard to win people's respect and hopefully their vote - other things matter too.  Tonight, my home team who I have supported since I was young, Lincoln City Football Club beat Wrexham 1-0. That win means the mighty Imps are sitting at the top of the league at the halfway point in the season.  Now I'm not counting any chickens, but if I do as well as my local football team then 8th December, polling day, will be very special indeed.

One of the reasons I am involved in politics is because I like the community I have lived and worked in all my life - and for me football and the community go hand in hand.  I'm not a sportsman, but I love the thrill of the match and the roar of the crowd willing the team forward and that feeling you get when your team score.  This election, and other commitments before, mean I don't get to see my team as often as I would like, but one thing I am clear about.  If I am fortunate enough to win people's support and become their MP - then local sporting fixtures will be part of my diary.

Sport is a great leveller and I want to be an MP working for local people.  There are few better opportunities for talking to people than on their home ground.  If elected I will not disappear off to Westminster and London.  I will meet people out locally where they work, meet and gather and listen to their views.  But for now, it's well done Lincoln City, and back to the campaign trail.

Ross Pepper
Liberal Democrat candidate for Sleaford and North Hykeham

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