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Wanted: Press officer for Afriyie plotters

12 February 2013

Adam Afriyie’s team have been on the hunt for a press officer, I understand.

Even though the backbencher has tried to play down claims that he’s taking aim at the Tory leadership, a source in the communications community says that Afriyie’s camp have been asking individuals to join them as a press spokesman and strategist.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Afriyie recently approached Portland Communications asking for advice, but it appears that his team have also been looking to take on someone to represent them and help with their plotting strategy. In this case, I hear the individual they approached turned their offer down.

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  • Chris lancashire

    Congratulations to the blog editor for finally removing thoroughly unpleasant comments.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    There was no reason to delete that comment.


    • Wilhelm

      Why don’t you post the comment again. Don’t let the haters of free speech win.

  • Archimedes

    Is this really the case? I’ve not seen any interviews with this chap, or any comments from him in any papers about his supposed coup. That does not correlate with the behaviour of a person in the process of digging a deeper hole in a desperate attempt to get a handle on things. Seeking a press officer, and one that ends up refusing your offer, does map to the actions of a desperate politician. Clearly, there is a little something that doesn’t fit.

    A cynical person might think that this is an attempt by the leadership to make Afriyie look ridiculous and, therefore, any leadership challenge look ridiculous.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    So apparently, the albino toff is getting serious about dethroning Dave and wearing the crown.

    And the Speccie teenagers have been given the go-ahead to talk up the plotting (weak tea nonsense though this post might be).

    I suppose the albino can’t be any worse than Dave. Or can he?

    • LG

      Don’t you think the colour reference is completely objectionable and racist?

      • rupertstubbs

        Unless he’s somehow talking about Boris…

        • the viceroy’s gin

          There’s no getting through to the terminally perceptive, is there?

      • the viceroy’s gin


    • Daniel Maris

      No he can’t be any worse. If you lived here, you’d understand.

      • Wilhelm


        There has been much inane babbling in the media at the prospect of a black Pope, you must be wetting yourself with excitement, but don’t worry, rest assured, there isn’t going to be one, not in a Billion years.

        • Daniel Maris

          I am sure the Church of St Augustine looks forward to electing an African. What’s all this “billion years” business BTW? Are you a scientologist? That would explain a lot. Not too many Black scientologists you might have noticed.

        • HooksLaw

          Ah the racist is back. Why don’t you and gin spend the rest of the night bigging up your prejudices.

  • Chris lancashire

    If he wants to be leader he’s going about it in completely the wrong way.

    • telemachus

      It is not a leadership bid
      It is like the Gay Marriage issue an attempt to grab minority friendly headlines.
      Baroness Warsi failed
      This is Warsi mark 2

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