The Conservative Party has offered its defeated London mayoral
candidate Steve Norris a senior campaigning role in advance of the next
Tory leader William Hague, fleshed out the details of the job offer in a
meeting with Norris earlier this week. Norris - who came second to Ken
Livingstone in the May 4 poll - has yet to accept, but an announcement
is expected within the next week.
Senior Norris aides said that Norris was keen to remain involved with
the party and that the party was keen to make use of one of its few
Although party chairman Michael Ancram will run the next general
election campaign - widely predicted for next spring - Norris would
adopt a ’vice-chairman role, as a public spokesperson and ambassadorial
Such an outcome would free Norris to dedicate time to other interests,
remain involved in front-line politics and retain his high profile in
case he wishes to run for mayor again in four years.
In the new role, Norris would work closely with Ancram and the press
office team, headed by Amanda Platell.
It is not yet clear whether his two former media advisers would return
with him to work at Central Office. Since the election campaigns
director Ceri Evans and director of operations Alex Challoner have
returned to previous jobs as a freelance and a divisional director at