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Strange choice for the BBC.

Byline: Rex Makin

SIR Michael Lyons' appointment as Chairman of BBC Trust has not impressed.

He has little or no experience in broadcasting. His initial press conference suggested he had limited personal enthusiasm for popular television.

His background in local government, where he was formerly chief executive of Birmingham council, has earned him the reputation of being a superiorform of "bean counter", but shock, horror, only this month he announced renunciation of his membership of the Labour Party.

For the last couple of years he has been looking at ways of taxing us more under local government plans.The plans werethrown into the long grass as electorally damaging.

While remaining an active member of the Labour Party he was acting chairman of the Audit Commission which makes him the Houdini of escapology of modern politics.

One of the most bizarre things of his career was his coming in as "mediator" in the deplorable fracas between Storey and Lyon's "buddy" Henshaw at a fat fee.

BOB Wareing is having a bit of trouble with his West Derby constituency over the re-selection of a candidate.

This does not surprise me.

When I wasa member of the Labour Party I found, like many others, that the comrades hated one another more than they hated their opponents.

Rumours abound that Cherie Blair has cast her eye on the constituency and hopes to be the next Hillary Clinton when she steps down from Downing Street.

I am reliably informed and relieved there is no truth in the rumours.

Time will tell, but in the meantime I must say that I have always found Bob an excellent constituency MP.

TALKING about my earlier days, as a Labour Party member when I appeared as an advocate before Bessie Braddock she insulted me in the youth court.

On another occasion in the adult court she reported me to my professional body who rejected her complaint.

Her confederate was the late Harry Livermore who was an established solicitor when I was still a whipper-snapper.

I cannot help but think that her treatment of me was not dissociated from the blatant liaison with Livermore, who once assaulted me in the corridor of the Court.

NORMAN Miscampbell OC who died recently combined three decades of service as an MP for Black pool North. He was a liberal Tory backbencher but never got office of any kind because of his progressive views.

Norman was a kindly soul and made his home in Hoyiake although he was not local, and only moved to London to follow his children. I used to see him regularly at the Phil.

I wonder what he would have to say about the super casino debate.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2007
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