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
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
Given Gibson’s track record, the Prime Minister may be relieved to hear
that he has climbed aboard Ken’s wagon.