I've just heard the news that the former Labour MP and Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, John Marek has joined the Conservative Party. I knew there was something in the air today - having had notice yesterday that Cheryl Gillan and Nick Bourne are to hold a joint press release today. And the media had been sniffing around, with delphic references to 'fence-jumping' - looking for someone to spill the beans early I suppose.
John is as astute a political operator as you'll find anywhere. Until he joined us, I used to describe him as 'cunning' - but in future I'd better use the term 'astute'. We have seen a lot of each other over the last two years. He had joined the Advisory Board of an international care provider that I chaired. John Marek is a good man. "Welcome Aboard".