Diary - opening new cruise berth in Portland Port

Up with the larks and into the office for a short while before heading to Portland to open a brand new cruise berth in the Port. Port Chairman Christopher Langham kindly invited me to cut the ribbon to this exciting venture which will be able to take all but two of the very largest cruise ships in the world. Already 24 cruise liners are booked to visit the port, with their 36,000 passengers spending time and money in the area. This is all excellent news and we are also trying to encourage the tours from the liners to head to Swanage as well in order to enjoy the beautiful coastline, resort and of course the steam railway. The new berth will be able to accommodate ships over 300 metres in length, which is massive. This is an important milestone in the port's continued expansion, bringing with it better jobs and skills that we all so desperately need in the town. Afterwards, I headed to Owermoigne to canvass with our excellent county council candidate Peter Stein, the most delightful and intelligent man, who will make a superb councillor.