Diary: Labour and Lib Dem shelter under one roof

Public affairs is a small world, as Water UK parliamentary affairs officer Miles Celic and Shelter communications director Olly Grender have discovered. It so happens that Celic has unwittingly just bought Grender’s three-bedroom house in Balham, that increasingly gentrified corner of south London.

Public affairs is a small world, as Water UK parliamentary affairs

officer Miles Celic and Shelter communications director Olly Grender

have discovered. It so happens that Celic has unwittingly just bought

Grender’s three-bedroom house in Balham, that increasingly gentrified

corner of south London.



Grender tells me Celic and his girlfriend only realised the potential

identity of the vendor of their dream home when they saw the political

books and posters adorning the place. Grender’s Liberal Democrat

credentials are about as strong as Celic’s Labour links. She was Liberal

Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown’s speech-writer before joining Shelter.

Meanwhile, Celic worked as a researcher for Calum MacDonald, now a

Scottish Office minister, on projects including closer links with the

Lib Dems. What a coincidence.



After four years in Balham, Grender is moving up several price notches

to trendy Clapham, with her husband-to-be. ’Balham’s a lovely area. It’s

got a cosy feel about it,’ she tells me, adding that she also made a

pretty penny on the sale.



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