As I hurtled towards the big EU machine on the Eurostar from London St Pancras, I had initially intended this post-induction piece to be a light-hearted reflection on my first experiences in Brussels. The beer was good, the bureaucracy was bad – that sort of thing.
All eyes are fixed on the fight for the top job in politics. And today the result of the first ballot was announced at midday. Boris Johnson has proved to be the favourite and his supporters, like me, expected him to do well. However, we were all surprised at just how well he did.
Well, you could never say politics was boring right now. After a run through the park, I headed off to 3 Carlton House Terrace for Boris' launch, which was due to start at 1100. I got there early in order to catch up with colleagues and, out of interest, to see who was there.
Another day of hustings for the PM's job and an interesting meeting with a charity called Blind Veterans UK. A run began the day and then into the Commons to meet a group of soldiers from Bovington in my constituency.
Back up to London in pouring rain. Leadership bids have to be in by 1700 today. Eleven of my colleagues are expected to stand if they have the required number of eight colleagues to support them. Meanwhile, alliances are being made and no doubt jobs promised to those who support each candidate.
This morning, my wife and I said farewell to Al and Claire Blackman. If you recall, Al, who was better known as Marine A, was jailed for murder after shooting a Taliban insurgent while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.
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