Post by David Boothroyd on Jan 6, 2014 17:28:41 GMT
Possibly the quickest mover was Patrick Diamond. Clare College, Cambridge, graduates 1998, sabbatical Chair of NOLS 1998-99, passing very quickly through a PR job for Finsbury Financial Communications and a policy wonk job at the Institute for Public Policy Research, becoming Director of Progress, and then recruited to be Special Adviser to Peter Mandelson in 2000. Then on to Number 10 Policy Unit in 2001 (not technically a Special Adviser but most people would count it as the same).
Socialism makes war upon a system, not upon a class
You might have a case with David Miliband, who was selected for South Shields on Sunday 13 May 2001, after David Clark announced his retirement on 10 May (polling day 7 June), and with no real contest. But Ed Miliband was selected for Doncaster North in March 2005 after a lively contest, against two other shortlisted candidates, before the election had been called but several months after Kevin Hughes had announced his retirement.
I've the 2005 shortlist for Doncaster North as Ed, Michael Dugher, Nick Dakin, Sandra Holland and Elizabeth Donnelly. 3 of them became MPs in the end. Holland was working for Flint at the time, she then became the Labour group leader on Doncaster council and failed mayoral candidate in 2009. IIRC Donelly was a trade unionist (Amicus?).
Frighteningly, some seem to have a seamless path from Oxbridge to SPAD-dom
A seamless path that, in the quickest example David has been able to provide, took about two years. Most would take a few years longer. And Patrick Diamond still hasn't become an MP. I don't dispute that there are people who are effectively anointed from on high, because it's obvious to all of us that that happens sometimes. But when that happens, it's because the people anointing them have decided they want them in parliament, because they have something to offer - normally hands-on experience of the machinery of government. Plenty of Spads get selected. Very few of them are still wet behind the ears by the time that happens.
And, anyway, finding seats for golden boys has been going on since ever. Hugh Dalton as good as made a hobby out of it. That doesn't make it right exactly, but it does mean that we can't pretend that its some new and ghastly trend/Tony Blair's fault.
“Actually, I think ‘A Bend in the River’ is much, much better than Conrad,” Mr. Naipaul said.
Do we not forget that years ago, it was required for ministers, on appointment (at times other than at a general election) to re-fight their seat in a by-election, and if they lost, to be parachuted into another seat? Its how Dundee managed to get Churchill - he was rejected in the Manchester North West by-election, so they gave a peerage to the Liberal MP in Dundee and parachuted Winston in.
Sir Keir Starmer officially announces his bid for Labour selection if the NEC will make it an Open shortlist (as there're any doubt that this will be Open...)
He already got endorsements from Tessa Jowell, Helena Kennedy, Trevor Phillips, Mary Honeyball MEP, Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead & Kilburn PPC, defeated by 2 votes in 2012 Camden leadership election by Sarah Hayward), the Chair of Kings Cross Mosque, Fiona Millar and a couple of Cllrs. ASLEF also declared their backing for him.