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Bad luck revisits Patrick Rock

Andy McSmith
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  • Last updated: Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 1:43 pm

Poor old Patrick Rock, the back room operative propelled into unwanted prominence by today’s Daily Telegraph. He has vast experience as an adviser, having worked in the Conservative research department when Margaret Thatcher was Leader of the Opposition, but luck was never his best mate.

As a young man, he looked as if his third attempt to win a seat in the Commons was set for success, when was selected in 1984 to contest a by-election in Portsmouth South, a Tory stronghold. Just before polling day, the News at Ten ran a clip of him at a public meeting in which he unfortunately seemed to think he was contesting Portsmouth North. He lost, and gave up trying to be an MP. The man who defeated him, Mike Hancock, later became renowned for having an eye for a young, female Russian researcher.

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