Diary: The gypsy vote

Outside the PR fraternity, but familiar to readers of PRWeek, was Sylvia Dunn, whom we revealed was to stand against Michael Howard in Folkestone & Hythe for the National Gypsies and Travellers Affairs Association (PRWeek, 25 March).

With a campaign budget of £900, Dunn picked up a grand total of 22 votes.

However, she says she is proud of her achievement because they were all 'genuine' votes.

'We didn't call on any of the gypsies round there,' she says. Folkestone's famously large gypsy population, it seems, were free to vote for whomever they wanted.

At the next by-election, the association plans to put up another candidate and is considering forming a political group, the Gypsy and Traveller Party.

In case you were wondering, we couldn't find any PR people who were Labour candidates, but would be glad to hear from them.

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