DIARY: GPC chief Bell in public bus snobbery blunder

Die-hard Tory Kevin Bell - the GPC boss who sheds a tear each 22 November to mark the end of Baroness Thatcher's time at Number 10 - is making a name for himself among London bus drivers. Congestion has forced the dapper lobbyist to commute on a common-or-garden Routemaster.

'Is business class on the upper deck?' he was heard to enquire of the conductor on his first public transport foray last week.

'They did not take kindly to my unique brand of snobbery,' he says. 'I will know better next time.'

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