James is not going to get elected in Essex North (Colchester), even though he's a local — the Tory he is running against (someone my wife knew in college, small world) has one of the safest seats in the UK, even if he is now a
discredited demoted former front bencher who tied his future to the ultra-conservative wing of the party.
David Howarth probably isn't going to get elected from Cambridge either, even though he's the perfect town-gown candidate being both a don and a councilor. He needs a 10% swing, which is a lot but not beyond the bounds of hope this year in that constituency.
Both of them look better in real life than the pictures on their campaign web pages. David's is particuarly awful.
Hey guys, I'm thinking of you.