Thursday, February 09, 2006
Andrew Mitchell Scuppers Boris Shadow Cabinet Place
Lawks alive! The Express Diary reports today that my old colleague Andrew Mitchell unwittingly scuppered Boris Johnson entering the Shadow Cabinet. Apparently David Cameron wanted to promote Mitchell to become Work & Pensions Secretary but he insisted on staying with the International Development brief, which he had become rather attached to. DC had wanted Boris to travel the world bringing joy to the third world, but apparently drew the line at entrusting him with pensions reforms. Wise man. I'm not sure what Philip Hammond (the current Work & Pensions spokesman) will make of this, or indeed Boris, who now spends his time schmoozing with university students. But Andrew Mitchell has a lot to answer for!