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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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!!