Monday, May 22, 2006
Francis Maude on Tory Radio
Jonathan Sheppard has an interview with Francis Maude on Tory Radio HERE. The Party Chairman is coming in for some flak in the papers at the moment. In a way this is not surprising as it is part of the Party Chairman's job to act as a lightning rod for the leader. That was Norman Tebbitt's role under Margaret Thatcher. However, that relationship deteriorated when people around Mrs T persuaded her that Norman Tebbitt had an agenda of his own. She then brought in Lord Young to keep an eye on goings on at CCO. The Telegraph are trying to make out this is what is behind Steve Hilton's move to CCHQ. It's nothing of the sort. With Nick Pisani now in place it is an obvious thing for Hilton to do. It is simply not possible in the long term to run the Party's communications effort from the Leader's Office. I suspect that far from viewing Steve Hilton's presence as a threat, Francis Maude will positively welcome it.