DIARY: Luck is not always on Vaizey's side as some accidents will happen

Spare a thought for Consolidated Communications' public affairs

boss Ed Vaizey, who had a Christmas break from hell.

His holidays got off to a horrible start over the Christmas weekend when

he fractured two vertebrae in a fall from a horse.

But Vaizey recovered his composure after the riding accident (in time to

attend a boozy New Year pyjama-party at Tory MP and former Carlton PR

head David Cameron's Oxfordshire pad) only to write off his brand new

Merc on the M40 while returning to London the next morning.

'What am I going to do for action now?' asked the tearful lobbyist this

week: 'It was the best chick puller I ever had.'

To add insult to a succession of painful injuries, Vaizey's Harley

Street specialist - selected after the public school toff experienced

the sharp end of NHS care - this week questioned whether his vertebrae

were in fact damaged at all, given the speed of his recovery.

Vaizey said of his fall from the horse: 'As has now happened with a lot

of my friends, the horse moved to the left as I moved to the right'.

A bit like him and his luck.

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