DIARY: Ken gets the type of backing that’s sure to fix his little red wagon

If at first you don’t succeed, quit. That seems to be the lesson Carl Gibson has not learnt.

If at first you don’t succeed, quit. That seems to be the lesson

Carl Gibson has not learnt.



Having run failed election campaigns against a host of successful

political figures, the public affairs director at Grant Butler Coomber

is taking desperate steps to back a winner. The die-hard Tory and former

campaigns head at Conservative Central Office is backing Ken Livingstone

in the London mayoral election.



Gibson ran the campaign to stop Peter Mandelson winning the Hartlepool

seat in 1992, and failed. He acted as agent and campaign manager for the

Tory candidate in Brent East in 1997, and failed to stop Livingstone

romping home. He even co-ordinated campaigns for the Tory card in

Camden’s council elections two years ago, and was defeated by a country

mile.



Few Tory party members are able to vote in the Labour primary, the

result of which will be known next week. But as a member of the

Labour-affiliated Fabian society, Gibson has cast his vote for Red Ken.

’I’m not defecting, but I believe the Government should have some

effective opposition.’



Given Gibson’s track record, the Prime Minister may be relieved to hear

that he has climbed aboard Ken’s wagon.



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