DIARY: Another PR tries to swell the Tory ranks

It takes more than losing an election to put off your average Tory candidate. Witness John Godfrey, head of corporate communications at Lehman Brothers, who, undaunted by his beating by the Scottish Nationalists in the Perth by-election, is to stand there again in the General Election.

It takes more than losing an election to put off your average Tory

candidate. Witness John Godfrey, head of corporate communications at

Lehman Brothers, who, undaunted by his beating by the Scottish

Nationalists in the Perth by-election, is to stand there again in the

General Election.



He joins a growing band of Tory candidates from the PR world like

Carlton’s David Cameron - mostly right wingers. Not that the

Eurosceptics are having it all their own way. Witness the selection of

Margaret Daly, formerly director of European affairs at the now defunct

JBP Public Affairs in Bristol, as PPC for Weston-Super-Mare.



A former MEP, now an independent consultant, Daly is a rarity in the

Conservative party on two counts - being both a pro-European and a trade

unionist. ‘I don’t want to be labelled a Europhile but I am a positive

European,’ she says.



Stirring stuff from a lady whose husband - as a 1972 candidate for

Mansfield - was told ‘you won’t get anywhere unless you ditch the wife’.



Edited by Rebecca Dowman



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