Today's Times reports that Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare has rejoined the Conservative Party through local associations in Vauxhall and South Cambridgeshire. The best-selling storyteller and former Deputy Tory Chairman was given a five year ban from Conservative Party membership by William Hague in February 2000. That ban was made after he was sent to prison for perjury.
Lord Archer may soon reapply to sit with other Tories in the House of Lords. Michael Howard washed his hands of the matter, telling The Times: "That will be a decision for my successor. I won’t do anything to embarrass my successor.” Messrs Davis and Cameron were unwilling to comment.
Deciding whether or not to forgive Jeffrey Archer will just be one of the headaches that will greet the incoming Tory leader. Restoring Tory finances will be of migraine proportions. Streams of income have dried up during the leadership interregnum.
If, as is now almost certain, David Cameron becomes Tory leader his EPP commitment will cause some discomfort. The more Europhile Conservative Members of the European Parliament are very unhappy about quitting the EPP. At the Frimley Hustings on Wednesday Mr Cameron appeared to kick his EPP commitment into the long grass with the announcement that his Shadow Foreign Secretary will determine the timing of the exit.