Tory Chairman confirms Boris strategist hire

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has confirmed the strategist behind Boris Johnson's electoral successes - Lynton Crosby - will begin working as a part-time consultant "campaign manager" for the Party early next year.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

"This is a serious campaigner. Lynton brings the kind of focus that's required to manage campaigns and we have a big job to do to explain what's going on", Mr Shapps told the BBC's Sunday Politics show.

"This country is in a global race. We need to be able to get out there, show that we can secure a brilliant future for Britain".

Mr Shapps said he had spoken to Mr Crosby about allegations of a racist outburst, who assured him that he had "no recollection of this at all".


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