Another bullseye for Archer
I bumped into Nadhim Zahawi at a conference given by Network for the Post-Bureaucratic Age this morning, who told me that he had just been chosen as the Conservative candidate for the safe seat of Stratford-on-Avon.
I didn't have the heart to remind Mr Zahawi, but this news will no doubt have given the former Conservative Deputy Chairman and Lord, Jeffrey Archer, a quiet smile of satisfaction.
Zahawi was Archer's personal assistant during his aborted bid for London Mayor back in 1998-9, when Archer was forced to quit over revelations which eventually led to the peer going to jail for perjury.
Indeed, assuming he gets elected this spring, then Nadhim Zahawi will become the fourth of Archer's personal assistants to become a Conservative MP. One was David Faber, who quit politics to become a professional writer. The other two, David Mellor and Richard Ryder, both made it to John Major's cabinet table.