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THERE can’t be too many constituencies like Holborn and St Pancras, where celebrity endorsements in a parliamentary selection contest fly around almost ten-a-penny. Today, Dr Patrick French, that dark horse who ‘the big 3’ are beginning to get just a tiny bit nervous about, reveals the former poet laureate Andrew Motion is on side. Others were apparently courting his support over recent weeks.
“Patrick is the ideal candidate for us: articulate, committed, knowledgeable about the area – and with knowledge of the wide world which would be of tremendous value inside Parliament,” Mr Motion says. “Knowledge of the NHS in particular. He’s necessary.”