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Monday, 23 September, 2002, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Watching the waistline
Norman Baker
Loos and pizzas are part of the Lib Dem experience
Senior Liberal Democrat Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, sends a daily seaside postcard of his activities during the party's conference in Brighton.

I have been in charge of my two year old daughter Charlotte - she's been exploring the loos at the Brighton Centre.


I am not doing a Charles Clarke ... at most I will have only one, not two pizzas

Norman Baker
The sign said "female toilets", but I went into the disabled one, only to find it was another way into the female loos.

That was my first experience of the conference.

Animal welfare debates

The funny thing about being the neighbouring MP (Lewes is just up the road from Brighton) is that unlike most of my colleagues, I am commuting every day.

Maybe it's middle age, but you won't find me propping up the bar until 4.30am in the morning.

On Monday I attended an appointment in Ringmer in my constituency and then got the train here.

Malcolm Bruce, MP
Bruce's speech was one listened to by Norman Baker
Next was a question and answer session on crime and policing, a television interview and an RSPCA fringe meeting on animal welfare legislation.

I listened to Malcolm Bruce, MP, giving a speech on the environment, and Charles Kennedy on Iraq.

I took a stroll round the stalls, then it was a series of pressure groups and other meetings.

'Young guns'

I am set to speak at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation fringe.

As I am animal welfare and home affairs spokesman, it fits in quite well with my interests.

Charles Clarke
Norman Baker says he will not be having a Charles Clarke dining experience
The meeting is entitled Young guns: firearms and young people.

Their objective is to say anybody should be able to shoot everything - a different view from mine.

I'm going to two dinners tonight, but I am not doing a Charles Clarke (Labour's chairman).

I will have a starter at one and a main course at the other. At most I will have only one, not two pizzas.

I am opening a reception for the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals, then it will be back to Lewes, probably on the last train.


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