DIARY: London mayoral fight has become a bit of a hot potato for Ludgate

Political balance is an asset in lobbying, but Ludgate Public Affairs may be taking it too far. London’s mayoral election will be held in May, but the primaries are already pitting Ludgate colleagues against each other. Even managing director Stephen Lock is weighing in for Labour hopeful Glenda Jackson.

Political balance is an asset in lobbying, but Ludgate Public

Affairs may be taking it too far. London’s mayoral election will be held

in May, but the primaries are already pitting Ludgate colleagues against

each other. Even managing director Stephen Lock is weighing in for

Labour hopeful Glenda Jackson.



Divisional director Alex Challoner is working evenings and weekends on

Steve Norris’s campaign for the Conservative nomination. A ’senior Tory

strategist’ by his own reckoning, Challoner is Norris’s media relations

adviser. He describes himself as ’the back end of a pantomime horse’,

backing up Ceri Evans, the candidate’s full-time PRO.



The minority interest is headed by account director Samantha Vaughan, an

active Liberal Democrat in her Surbiton constituency and vocally

supportive of Susan Kramer, the Lib Dem candidate. Vaughan has the help

of fellow account director Michael Davies. ’We have endless political

rows at work,’ says Vaughan.



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