Thought for the Day: Clarence Mitchell plans to stand as Tory MP

Clarence Mitchell, spin doctor for two prime suspects

Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's appeal for more Conservatives to be employed by BBC News could be about to be granted – except in reverse. Clarence Mitchell, the former BBC journalist turned spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann, is planning to stand as a Tory MP in the next general election. Mitchell, who quit the corporation to head up the media monitoring unit at the government's Central Office of Information, will face a selection board early next month. He already knows the party's director of communications, Andy Coulson, rather well – from Coulson's time as editor of the News of the World.

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A couple of comments from a forum:

Well, there are no other jobs open to him now! BK was supposedly going to employ him, but that seems to have fallen through and he's now working as a temp for Freud. I doubt if any newspaper would touch him with a 30ft pole now, so he's burned his bridges as a journalist. And nobody in their right minds would employ him as a PR spokesman again. His book and movie deal would appear to have bitten the dust. I don't know what other marketable skills he's got, so the only job left for him, really, is as an MP. He's certainly a wonderful liar, spinner and expenses claimer, so that should get him through the interview, at least.

He'll be a fabulous politician he's got it all, the pomposity, arrogance, he's able to tell you bare faced lies and his ability to spin knows no bounds!!

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