Sunday, April 30, 2006
Former Downing Street Official Standing for the Greens
News of another New Labour rat abandoning ship. Former Downing Street Communications Director James Humphreys, who was a key lieutenant of Alastair Campbell, has not only ripped up his Labour Party membership card, he’s joined the Greens and is standing for the bearded ones in the Highbury East ward in Islington in Thursdays council elections. Amazingly, he stands a good chance of winning as the Greens were a mere hundred votes behind Labour in 2002. However, he’s not without some high profile opposition. Martine Oborne is putting up a feisty fight for the Conservatives. Who’s she? Why none other than the wife of recently-departed Spectator Political Editor Peter Oborne. Oborne is no mean political operator himself and with some extra time on his hands will no doubt seek to cause a bit of mischief in the last few days of the campaign.