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Tuesday, 5 June, 2001, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Who I met today

Commentators say the big names in politics are kept away from ordinary voters so they can have sympathetic attention at stage managed events. If you've met a politician on the campaign trail, we want to hear from you.

A selection of the entries so far:

Oliver Church met: Tony Blair
Where: Primary School, Southgate, North London
What we said: Nothing, I stood still while a photographer took a pic of the back of my T-shirt saying "Learn the rules so you know how to break them" with him in shot.


A. Blaikie met: William and Ffion Hague
Where: Cheltenham town centre
What we said: Mr Hague: "I see you've been to school. Is this a lunch break?"
Me: "No, we've had exams."
Hague: "Which ones?"
Me: "A.S. levels"
Hague: "They're quite hard aren't they?"
Me: "Yup, thanks."
Hague: "Well good luck!"
Ffion Hague: "Hi, how are you, thank you for coming. Which school do you go to? Thank you for coming to see us."


Henry Burr met: Michael Portillo
Where: Clapham Junction
What we said: "Excuse me" (as he bumped into me). I later realised who he was.


Laura Dunne met: Darren Johnston
Where: Deptford Market, London
What we said: He just handed me a leaflet explaing the Green Party's manifesto.


Robert Reed met: Brendan Murphy (Conservative candidate in Vale of Clwyd)
Where: In the street
What he said: "He asked what my major concerns were at the moment. Wished me good luck in the A-levels."


Anthony Kluk met: William Hague
Where: My school cricket field, Bristol
What Mr Hague said: "Hi, how are you? How's the school work going? Good luck for exams."


Heather Andrews met: Geoff Hoon and Ruth Kelly, Labour candidate for Bolton West
Where: In the street in Bolton
What Mr Hoon said: "I asked him who had come up with the Mrs Thatcher hairdo poster campaign. He said people with more imigination and sense of humour than him."


Mike Digby met: David Prior, Conservative Party deputy chairman and candidate for Norfolk North
Where: Sheringham, Norfolk
Mr Digby's impression: "He's a very nice and down to earth person."


Rab Leather met: Chris Stephens, SNP candidate for Hamilton North and Bellshill
Where: Bellshill Main Street
What Mr Stephens said: "He said: 'Hello, I am Chris Stephens your SNP candidate in the election, can I count on your support on polling day?' I said something like: 'Yes, you can'."


Guy Robinson met: Peter Jones, Lib Dem candidate for Aylesbury
What Mr Jones said: "We had a good chat about tactical voting and whether he thought he could beat David Lidington in Aylesbury."


Catriona Cuthbert met: Tony Blair
Where: Endeavour Foyer, Chatham
What Mr Blair said: "Hello, pleased to meet you."
What Catriona Cuthbert said: "Hfeararllar" or something similar. Better still was my father (who complains about "Tony Blair's pals in big business"). He said: "I'm delighted to meet you, I'm really pleased you could come." Tony grinned at him.


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