ARISE Sir Peter, Sir Peter Luff, the Mid-Worcs MP knighted in the New Year’s Honours List. Those in these parts with longer memories will remember Sir Peter features on the list of Tory challengers seen off by Frank Dobson in Holborn and St Pancras over the years. He had the task in 1987, having pipped another candidate called Ms T. May in the selection meeting. (Theresa later blamed her failure to take the candidacy on the fact she had annoyed selectors by banging a noisy bangle repeatedly on the table as she was interviewed)
Reflecting on the experience of being slain by Dobbo, Sir Peter told The House magazine a few years back: “I first fought Frank Dobson in Holborn and St Pancras in 1987. I liked Frank, but I don’t think he took too kindly to a Conservative candidate who actually did some campaigning in his constituency.”
Those who went before him in the south of Camden may not have appreciated such barbed commentary about their efforts.