Wednesday, May 25, 2005

New Beginnings

As some of you will have gathered by now, I have a new job. On Tuesday I start work as Chief of Staff to David Davis. I have therefore regretfully decided that I have to close down this Blog. I am sure you will all understand the reasons. It's my decision and my decision alone. Thanks to all who have contributed and become regular visitors over the last three years. I've really enjoyed doing the Blog and I am sure I will resurrect it again one day, but for now, it's over and out. If anyone wants to contact me in the future my email address is
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PS. Someone has just posted a comment to ask what is happening to Politico's. Just to make clear, continues as normal. My partner, John Simmons, will be taking over the day to day running of the business.


Andrew Woodman said...

Congratulations on the new job. I've enjoyed reading and contributing to the blog over the past few months. I'm on the side of David Davis for leadership and will switch to reading his leadership blog. I'll be pestering you to organise a visit to south derbyshire for your boss as well.

Anonymous said...

What's happening with Politico's, Iain?

pauline said...

It has been a pleasure to read your blog. It will be sadly missed

Congratulations on your new job. I wish you and David Davis every success.

The sooner we can get this leadership business over the better.I hope it wont drag on until gives the chance to Tony Blair to inflict more damage on the country for 7 more months. We should be concentrating on attacking this awful corrupt government.

Peter Briffa said...

There are few things in life more important than blogging. Winning it for DD is one of them. Go kick some ass!

Wat Tyler said...

I second Peter Briffa.

(You might make a good start by persuading DD's MP supporters not to appear on TV in 3 piece chalk pinstripes- even if they don't go the full Francis Maude pink shirted mile)

malcolm said...

Iain,many congratulations on your new job I hope you find it fulfilling and rewarding.
I'm very sorry that you're closing this weblog which I've found interesting after having discovered it recently.
Now I suppose I understand why you didn't respond to my questions about David Davis!I hope you will do so soon in an official capacity!
On a more serious note I hope you will use what influence you have within the Conservative party to ensure that our MPs behave with discretion and dignity in the run up to the leadership election.The antics of Damien Green,Edward Leigh and others this week benefits noone more than the Labour Party.

James said...

"And next week I'll be tieing things up before starting my new job. I could tell you what it is, but if I did, I might have to shoot you..."

For the avoidance of doubt, has this threat now been lifted or should we be very afraid?

Congratulations on the new job.

Anonymous said...

"The antics of Damien Green,Edward Leigh and others this week benefits noone more than the Labour Party"

Indeed, and the antics of Derek Conway do not endear me to David Davis either. It doesn't look good.

Serf said...

Congratulations on the new job.

When the cold war finishes and the real contest begins, let us at the DD for leader blog know what else we can do.

malcolm said...

Quite agree with you anonymous.Derek Conways interview this morning benefits neither the Conservative Party in general nor I think David Davis.
I certainly hope that DD didn't put him up to it but rather it was a foolish solo effort from a loudmouth with a record of disloyalty to leaders of our party.

Anonymous said...

You said North Norfolk hadn't seen the last of you ....

Will you remain living in Swanton Abbott?

James said...

Anonymous, this from the EDP website:

"He [Iain] also said he had made no firm decision about any future candidacy, but conceded the seven-days-a-week nature of the new London-based job meant it would be difficult to spend much time in Norfolk, though he hoped to keep his Swanton Abbot house "for the time being"."

Are you a Countrywide employee by the way, Anonymous? Excellent "go getter" style if you are. But looks like you will have to wait... for the time being!

Bastiat said...

Incredible - we just linked your blog and then we received this news! Best of luck to you in your new job.

carlislecookiemonster said...

Well good luck to you Iain. This blog has been in my 'favourites' file on the computer and I've visited here through the highs and the lows.
If they ever let us members vote again- I can assure you DD will be getting mine. Which ever way they try to 'fix'the system he still is the best man for the job and making you his CoS only proves it.

Many thanks for sticking with this blog Iain - it really was worthwhile.

Editor said...

Congratulations on the new job Iain. It is great to see you in such an exciting post.

Like the other contributors I have enjoyed this blog throughly.

I hope to go to my first party conference this year and develop and hopefully develop my links with the party.

All the best and if you ever need any help in any regard please do not hestitate to contact me.


James Malcolm

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you're closing down for now, Iain.

I'm not a Tory (years ago I worked on the Norman Lamb campaign!), but it's been a pleasure to see a candidate blogging and having a sincere go.

Best of luck with the new job. I hope perhaps we'll see you online again some time. Thanks for the blog.

Iain Elsby said...

Hi, its Iain, Hope you'll read this, I know i only started recently for the party but i hope to serve for a long time and wish you all the best with David Davis. He should get leadership and i'm sure he'll appreciate you help, thanks for all your support as I started, Iain

Lagwolf said...

Congrats Iain and I do rather hope you are more successful than we were the last time he ran. Good way to land on your feet mate. Well done.

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