Heseltine, 77, who stepped down as executive Chairman of the Haymarket Media Group, the company he founded in the 1950’s at the start of this year, has been campaigning tirelessly for Cameron – turning out to support individual candidates, hosting a dinners for young supporters and writing newspaper articles.
“Nobody can be complacent. The stakes could not be higher. I hear people saying that the system is at fault, but I say to them, ‘Let’s see what the system delivers before we despair of it’. As I say, I am optimistic about this election.”
Heseltine, Cameron’s adviser on cities, is scornful of suggestions that he resents his party’s support for a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham because it runs close to his estate in Northamptonshire. “I support the high-speed link and it doesn’t actually affect my home at all, but it does my son’s,” he says.