Certain lobbying consultancies have been getting increasingly desperate of late to sign up a new Tory. Yet the lack of good Tories on the market is making things tricky.
Some agencies may have ended up paying over the odds for an injection of Conservatism, while for others the search for a clued up Tory goes on.
Will today’s news from Bell Pottinger give hope to those agencies still looking to boost their Tory credentials?
The agency has hunted down former Downing Street aide-turned-shadow cabinet member Tim Collins and persuded him to join its ranks. It’s a fairly a dramatic return to Westminster for a man who decided a few years back to focus on running the family business.
The signing may well have come at a high price. But it suggests that even if the Cameroons are staying put, there are still some Tory big hitters ready to enter the public affairs industry.
You just have know where to find them…