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
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