Following House of Commons tradition, personal letters are put in the pigeon holes of those MPs whose constituency will be affected in some way by the Chancellor’s actions.
So it was that Jesse Norman found his letter after the statement. It was a nerve wracking month as three weeks prior to the statement, George Osborne had been to a Conservative dinner in the Forest of Dean, at which we were present. ‘Hijacked’ by among others Monique Heijn and Karen Usher, he displayed good knowledge of the project and we were buoyed by his enthusiasm. That said, while we hoped for official support, we had no idea it was coming.