My next door neighbour when I lived in Westminster was Douglas Smith. We both were at different times Chairs of Ally Pally when we were councillors at Haringey. Douglas represented the Tories in Crouch End Ward whilst I represented Archway.
Doug hosts a wonderful annual cricket lunch in the House of Lords which he has kindly invited me to.....and so yesterday I treated him to a thank you lunch at the RAC. Earlier his year he left the Tory party to join UKIP.
He had worked at Central Office and he reminisced about Macmillan and Heath. We also bored one another about cricket.