Key Communications consultant David Longman has the sort of face
that confuses people. During a recent sojourn in Leeds, Longman
inadvertently convinced staff and diners in a Chinese restaurant that he
was secretary of state for education and employment David Blunkett. The
restaurant turned out to be one of Blunkett’s hang-outs and the waitress
kept asking clear sighted Longman where his dog was.
Longman’s uncanny resemblance could well be put to more devious
Politically he sits on the other side of the fence to Blunkett and has
confused a few people around Whitehall when he attends Conservative
planning meetings. Some people are now convinced that they have seen
Blunkett in league with the opposition.
Colleagues at Key have suggested that Longman put his name forward for
the post of head of news which is currently vacant in Blunkett’s
However, Longman says that shadowing Blunkett could make things a trifle
confusing for the media.
It seems that Longman is something of a chameleon. In his younger days
he apparently resembled the piano-playing comic Richard Stilgoe. ’I had
to sign his autograph for a holidaying couple on a beach in Cornwall,’