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Climb every mountain

Betsan Powys | 19:23 UK time, Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A few years ago, when Lord Glentoran was made Conservative spokesman on Wales in the House of Lords he infamously and very honestly admitted that "I know nothing about the politics but I know quite a lot about the geography having climbed most of the mountains".

One of the events I missed last week while up a mountain myself was the unveiling of the new Conservative candidate in Ynys Mon. Trefor Jones - if you remember - withdrew his candidacy before Christmas. Anthony Ridge-Newman, his replacement, is a Surrey councillor but in true Glentoran tradition wanted it known that he "is proud of the fact that he has climbed Mount Snowdon, not once but twice!"

I've not been up a mountain this week, rather sitting in a rather isolated conference room, talking. Thankfully the occasional text is allowed. One of those wondered what Prospective Parliamentary Candidates like Mr Ridge-Newman might make of the wording of this memo sent by Conservative Headquarters to all PPCs this morning.

Sent: 19 January 2010 10:17
To: All Battleground Directors; All Campaign Directors; All Regional Directors
Subject: Candidate description

Please note that it has been determined that the agreed candidate description for all parliamentary and local government candidates will be "The Conservative Party Candidate" (Scotland and Wales please ignore)

Welsh Labour reckon they couldn't have put it better themselves.

"What better advice than to ignore Conservative Party candidates in Wales" said a spokesman ... still chuckling and probably painfully aware that while winning Ynys Mon might be too much of a mountain for Mr Ridge-Newman to climb, it won't be a walk in the park for anyone.

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