Not content with staying quiet after she resigned as Deputy Chairman (Membership) and failed to become National CF Chairman, Sarah Jane has come out and endorsed candidates for the CF elections. I hope the CF election hopefuls she has backed realise that this is the kiss of death to their campaign.
Sarah Jane on her blog today announced she would be backing Jonathan Levy in the North West, Isaac Duffy in the North East, Jacob Wilkinson in the East Midlands, and Luke Springthorpe in London. She also said on her blog that she would back these candidates despite her intention "to keep well out of publicly supporting and endorsing in the Conservative Future elections as a matter of principle from my resignation."
#ThingsElliottSays finds several of these things puzzling. Firstly, although she has clearly lost all influence in CF, SJ believes that she still should back candidates. It is almost as if she thinks CFers will have forgotten her appalling past record. Secondly does she not realise that Jacob Wilkinson is standing as National CF Chairman? I'm sure he will be very pleased with being endorsed for a position he stood for last time around. Lastly she must also realise that these endorsements are the kiss of death to the candidates she has come out to support. Who would trust the word of someone widely considered to be the worst member of the CF exec in all of its history?
But the candidates named need not despair. A simple thanks, but no thanks to SJ's endorsement should cause them no problems over the election period. It's not like anyone will be putting 'endorsed by SJ' up on their Facebook page or website claiming they are proud that a disgraced former exec member is backing them. It would be like an endorsement by Ed Miliband.
Sarah Jane has just removed from her blog piece all of her endorsements. Maybe she read my article and didn't want to disadvantage the candidates.