Day 3 started off with a trip to Tonbridge, Kent. After a brief stop to marvel at the castle situated not too far from the train station, we headed up the road to meet with conservative MP candidate Tom Tugendhat and his campaign manager Matt Boughton. After Tugendhat shared his UK policy perspective on every aspect of the race, from the effect of Brexit to how current events in the U.S. affect voter sentiments in the UK, Boughton stepped in to give a quick talk on campaign strategy.
After picking up some lunch to eat on the train, we were back on our way to London to meet Jim Messina, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Barack Obama and Senior Advisor to the UK Conservative Party at the Conservative Party HQ. Between a few colorful stories and personal anecdotes from his career, Messina offered up a valuable combo of insight and advice.
Next stop was Portland Communications where we met with Alastair Campbell, journalist, broadcaster, and former Communications Director for Tony Blair. Campbell gave an interesting take on the British political climate and the ways in which American attitudes toward the media have filtered through to the streets of England.
We topped off a busy day of meetings with dinner at Mattarello Restaurant before returning home, making sure to do a little digging into the political opinions and predictions of every tube passenger, Uber driver, and citizen on the street we met along the way.