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Lib Dem gets home after 60 hour journey

PUBLISHED: 17:25 21 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 23 August 2010

VOLCANIC ash, over booked Spanish trains and the wrong High Speed service in France failed to stop Liberal Democrat candidate James Willis from the campaign trail. Mr Willis, who lives in Northfleet, battled for more than 60 hours to journey home from a

VOLCANIC ash, over booked Spanish trains and the wrong High Speed service in France failed to stop Liberal Democrat candidate James Willis from the campaign trail.

Mr Willis, who lives in Northfleet, battled for more than 60 hours to journey home from a short break in Egypt after the volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded his flight.

His epic journey took him from Cairo to Barcelona on a specially organised flight, a taxi across the Pyrenees to Perpignan, two train journeys through central France and a ferry from Calais back to the UK

The candidate who is standing in Dartford said: "It was quite an experience. I was lucky, I have travelled Europe a bit so have some experience with the rail systems and although I was on a tight budget I had my credit card. Some people are no doubt still stuck in Spain."

Joining his girlfriend's family for the end of their Easter break, Mr Willis suddenly discovered returning for the final leg of his campaign to become MP for Dartford was under threat.

He added: "When we first heard about it I didn't think too much off it. Then it became apparent the problem was continuing and I had to think about how to get back. My girlfriend and her three kids are still out there having to pay for extra days in the hotel and don't expect to be able to return until Friday."

Leaving on Saturday morning Mr Willis found Barcelona in "chaos." He paid 230 Euros for a taxi across to France and from Paris he took a second train to Dunkerque and then paid 65 Euro for a ferry home arriving on Monday night.

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