Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Exclusive - Labour PPC Abandons Front for Online War

Yes TB knows he is meant to be packing but a nice little scoop to leave on. This has come from a couple of places but people are being very cagey...

They are promising a "shock and awe" rejigging of their online activities in the new year, and tonight TB understands that the not entirely unattractive
Claire Hazelgrove
, 21, the PPC for Skipton and Ripon has been drafted in to jointly organise social media campaigning for the Labour Party. The prolific twitterer is so down with the kids that she even has a
Myspace page
Other reasons for her employment seem to be she is on twitter and she votes Labour and she isn't as batshit crazy as Kerry.

TB understands that a handful of jobs have been offered and that the new Victoria St employees will be reporting directly to Sue Macmillan, Labour's... wait for it... "New Media Campaigns Taskforce Leader" and supporter of such brilliant campaigns like "
David Camera-on
" a Draper fake twitter account that was err mysteriously silenced, and redesigned. TB is still working on finding out who the other new recruits are.

Three things immediately come to mind about Hazelgrove's appointment. Firstly TB hopes that she has a better grasp of electoral law than she
once had
. She has been in
hot water
for attempting to send money raised in the UK to aid Barack Obama's election campaign, contravening election rules on both sides of the pond. Her flippant attitude at the time did her no favours. TB heard that Claire's involvement with the Obama campaign was a big plus for her getting the job. Though as far as he can tell she had little experience of running anything online and instead spent her time answering phones and
in Virgina.

Secondly TB hopes Claire has sorted out her contact book. She was responsible for quite the blunder the other day that sent the labour net-roots into fits of ecstasy when she announced proudly that her sources at ComRes suggested a narrowing of the poll lead to just three points. The poll was announced later that night with a tory lead of 17%. Wounder.

Thirdly what do the voters of Skipton and Ripon feel about their PPC abandoning her campaign to join the party machine? Hazelgrove has been a part time PPC already after leaving university to move to London and her twitter page rarely mentions any reports from the front line.

An early Christmas present for
Julian Smith

Claire Hazelgrove was unavailable for comment.


Declan Lyons

I shudder to think what is going through Brown's mind in that photo...

Anonymous said...


Grumpy Old Man said...

Look at the body positions, He's looming, she's leaning backwards away from the presence. A picture is worth a thousand words.
In summary, a reminder that poison can come in nice little packages. This one encapsulates all that is wrong with turning politics into a profession. My crystal ball tells me that, after learning enough to make herself useful to other political parties, a Damascene conversion will taks place to a twittered cry of "I've SEEEEN the Light" and either Cleggy or Dave will be offered her (political) services. Any takers?

Donal Blaney

Excellent. Time to return to this most favoured topic of mine :)

Mick Turatian

"...photocopying in Virgina"- that's a neat trick! Got any pictures??

Anonymous said...

She is 21, just what in the world does she bring to the people of Skipton. Get a job and come back in 20 years time.

Oh and I she that she was at York Uni, wonder if she knew that Labour stalwart Grace Fletcher-Hackworth who was kicked out of her student union job after a drunken fracas.


Jon Bobbins said...

That's a nasty cheap suit she's wearing.

Who's her tailor??

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Alan Douglas

"photocopying in Virgina."

That is not how to spell vagina.

Alan Douglas

Anonymous said...

just watched her party conference video diary entry... ugh.

Matt said...

Remember seeing she had myspace page back when it broke. Its a shame she wont get the electoral kicking and humiliation she deserves

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