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My first time - voting that is

Following on from the comparative interest in first political memories, where did you first vote? And when and for whom, if you are not too shy. In my case it was in Brentwood & Ongar in 1987, with Robert McCrindle getting my vote. In order to exercise my franchise I upped sticks from London where I was studying and headed home. Since then, I've always gone through exactly the same routine - I wear something blue, head out early afternoon (hey, I'm a freelancer - my time is my own), walk to the polling station, engage in a little light banter with the tellers / officials and then vote.

McCrindle was never an especially high profile MP, but ran the Aviation Committe, if memory serves. He was a decent man and a friend of my father. The tale that sticks most closely in my mind is the story of his being in Amsterdam with McCrindle junior and deciding to stick their heads around the door of a sex shop. McCrindle metaphorically sighed in relief that son and heir made straight for one of the racks of 'conventional' material.
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Anonymous rigger mortice said... 1:58 pm

voted Lib Dem in a local council election,the shame!!!!!!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:15 pm

My father 'fessed up to having voted Labour in 1950, but saw the light the next year.....  



Blogger barbara worth said... 3:20 pm

Women over 30 first got the vote in this country in 1918 so I think it must have been sometime shortly after that. I've no idea who I voted for-probably the best looking one.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:24 pm

Barbara,

You are an example to us all - maintaining a presence on the internet at a youthful 118.  



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