I live in Worthing.
No offence, but you could pin a blue rosette on a park bench and local residents would vote for it come election time.
I am the Worthing Labour Nemesis. That's it, just me. I rant and rave, stand at election time and try to pretend the "opposition" is more than just me and 10 or 20 other die hard activists.
I don't like Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing. He has been incredibly slimy at polling stations, tried to sideline me with 90 year old residents at every opportunity and generally acts exactly as you might suppose a Tory with a HUGE majority might.
BUT. He did quite a good job as Minister for Children. He spoke out once or twice for children (shock, horror) and adoption of babies went up dramatically - an issue I believe he holds close to his heart.
In short, he did his job, worked as hard as he could, listened to a bit of evidence here and there, and actually made a bit of a difference.
The other Worthing MP, Peter Bottomley is not too shabby either. A long term defendant of the sick and disabled, it was his opposition to removing the mobility component to those in residential homes that led to the government removing this most pernicious of policies.
So guess what? In the reshuffle, Loughton lost his job!!! One of the few effective minister, for reasons best known to himself, Cameron gave him the chop!!
Now, if a rabid leftie like me finds that against all odds, the MPs she has opposed for decades actually did a halfway decent job, then they probably did.
So why did Cameron sack Loughton? Is he quite mad? He was effective, he knew his brief VERY well (even social workers speak highly of him) and he did a good job.
So come on Cameron - what happened? Did he drink the wrong Viognier? Was he not wearing the right loafers? Is his postcode not quite the ticket? (You need to watch this one, as sadly, you need MPs from all over the country, not just Notting Hill)
Maybe Tory Tim knows, but I for one, am mystified.