All sorts of unkind things have been said about poor old Jerry
Hayes since Max Clifford and the News of the World got their knives out
for him at the weekend.
Not least, it has been suggested that the man the Daily Mail describes
as ’Westminster’s most irrepressible media groupie’ - having, among
other things, appeared in chicken and bear costumes for TV stunts - is
not serious about his politics.
I’m happy to refute that suggestion here and now. Hayes, I can report,
is so conscientious about his calling that he recently took the trouble
to leave an afternoon pub quiz in Westminster’s Red Lion to table a
point of order in the House .
That’s what I call devotion to duty and, indeed, when he returned to the
Spec Communications-organised event, just 15 minutes later, we all gave
him a hearty cheer.