I can't pretend that I am anything other than really disappointed. God, I sound like a football manager after a 3-0 defeat! Seriously, I came out of the interview thinking I had performed really well. The selection committee was unfailingly polite and pleasant and I felt we connected. For the first time ever in a selection I spoke entirely without notes and felt I answered all the questions well, but I was clearly deluding myself. Or maybe they are looking for something very different from what I was able to offer. Whatever the reason, I'd like to thank Maidstone & the Weald Conservatives for selecting me for interview and making it an enjoyable experience - even if the outcome wasn't what I had wished for!
I know there are some cracking other candidates, and I wish the remaining contestants all the very best. Whoever wins will have a fantastic career for one of the nicest seats in the country. Anyone who has been interviewed for a seat they really wanted and fallen at the first fence - regardless of party - will know how I am feeling now, but in the end, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and just have to be philosophical about it. It just wasn't meant to be.
Now, where did I put that revolver? :)