Friday, May 8, 2015

Media luvvies in the election Part 2

Ben Bradshaw, former BBC radio reporter, improved on his 2010 performance for Labour in Exeter by 8.2%.

Diane Abbott took close to 63% of the vote retaining Hackney North & Stoke Newington for Labour. Her stand in on The Week, Alan Johnson took close to 50% in Hull West & Hessle.

Peter Kyle, who unseated the Tories in Hove for Labour, is still non-executive director of a video company he helped to set up called Fatsand.

Wes Streeting, who took Ilford North from the Tories for Labour, was entertainments officer at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Hannah Bardell, who took Livingston from Labour for the SNP, worked for both STV and GMTV as a producer.

Jeff Smith has won Manchester Withington for Labour from the LibDems. "For most of my career I was a self-employed event manager and DJ running everything from large concerts and festivals to sports events. I worked as a promoter and DJ in nightclubs all around the UK giving me with a broad range of skills and experience."

Andrea Jenkyns, who ousted Ed Balls in Morley & Outwood, offers this section in her cv on hobbies. Her spelling of a popular musical...

Andrea is a soprano singer and songwriter and an avid charity fundraiser. She has always used her music as a way in which to fundraise for charities including; Macmillan, Wish upon a Star, Help for Heroes, Home Start, Save The Children, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Doris Banham Dog Charity. Andrea has previously been a Musical Theatre Director of two children’s performing art academies. Teaching children from aged 6 to 18, she has put on musical productions such as Les Miserable.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, now SNP member for Ochil and South Perthshire, acted in two Scottish/Pakistani tv drama series, Aaanso (Tears) and Des Pardes (Foreign Homeland). In 1999 she stood for the Tories in Govan.

Rishi Sunak, who picked up the Tory vote of William Hague in Richmond, is the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder, NR Narayana Murthy. Infosys is India's second biggest IT operation, now continuing to grow globally.

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