DIARY: Vaizey should feel at home after his nomination

Public affairs consultant and Guardian columnist Ed Vaizey is a step closer to realising his lifetime's ambition of becoming a Tory MP, having secured the Party's nomination for the constituency of Wantage in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Since retiring MP Robert Jackson has a 5,500 majority, the media-friendly Vaizey - a regular on BBC2's Despatch Box and Radio 5 Live's Late Night Currie - seems a shoe-in for the safe seat. Other than his famously short attention span, there is no reason to imagine he can't emulate Jackson's two decades in the job.

Happily, he will be among friends in Oxfordshire. Vaizey is set to become the filling in a media sandwich: former Carlton Communications corporate affairs director David Cameron holds next-door Witney, and Spectator editor Boris Johnson sits for Henley on the other side.

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