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Iain Dale is Presenter of LBC Drive, Managing Director of Biteback Publishing, a columnist and broadcaster and a former Conservative Parliamentary candidate.

I don’t quite know how I am going to write this in a way which won’t cause confusion – but here goes, anyway.

There was a LibDem Minister in the coalition government. Let’s call him Sean. That’s not his real name (although I  know it). Sean, lucky boy, had his own private ministerial toilet, conveniently (geddit?) located just off his rather nice ministerial office. Sean made good use of this convenience (oops, I did it again). Before a meeting with departmental officials he’d pop in for a quick number two.

How do I know this, you may ask? Well, let’s put it this way – and I hope you’re not eating when you read this – when officials walked into his office they were met with a rather pungent aroma. Often. As a consequence, even some time after this particular minister was reshuffled out of this particular department, civil servants there do not refer to ‘doing a number two’: they say they’re just popping to ‘do a Sean’. Or, rather, not Sean…

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Theresa May’s gain is LBC Radio’s loss. This week it was announced that my colleague Tom Swarbrick was to leave the station and become Number Ten’s Head of Broadcasting. Tom is one of the most talented broadcasters around, and it must have been a difficult decision to give up a glittering career in the media to go into the maelstrom of politics.

His job will inevitably involve saying ‘no’ an awful lot, and we appear to have a Prime Minister who, quite rightly, isn’t going to go down the path of doing daily media interviews. I’ve always thought that such interviews ought to offer a sense of occasion. We don’t need the Prime Minister of the day to comment on every celebrity death or on the minutiae of government operations. That may be inconvenient for interviewers like me, but I suspect it will lead to better government.

The trouble with not giving lots of interviews – and I suspect her Cabinet colleagues may follow her lead to an extent – is that broadcasters have hours to fill, so if Ministers don’t do interviews on stations such as mine or the 24 hour news channels, we will find other ways of filling the time.

And the politicians may not always like it. As an illustration of this, it’s incredibly difficult to get interviews now with senior members of the Labour Party, and especially with the leader. So therefore we are forced to look outside the upper echelons of the party and interview people who aren’t necessarily friendly to the leadership. We then get accused of being ‘anti Corbyn’ when we are nothing of the sort. But I’m also not going to give the Corbynistas a free ride if they won’t come on and defend themselves and their beliefs.

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The appeal of the Labour Party to the electorate was summed up in this tweet, retweeted by several Labour MPs. “Does anyone really think the public will put Corbyn in charge of our military, John McDonnell in charge of the nation’s finances and Diane Abbott in charge of the NHS?”

Another tweet summed up their internal problems: “A tennis club decides to go on a recruitment drive to double its membership. They succeed in doing so by recruiting 101 new members. They then vote to turn it into a netball club.” That’s exactly what’s happened to the Labour Party and no one can do anything about it whatsoever. Let this be a warning to the Conservatives!

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This week, I’ve been presenting LBC’s breakfast show. Nick Ferrari must have the constitution of an ox and, given that he rarely takes any time off, my admiration grows for him by the day. I just don’t know how he does it.

I’ve had to stay in a hotel all week since there’s no way I could drive in from Kent to get to the studio by 6am. (Well, I could, but I’d probably kill myself in the process.) The programme finishes at 10am, so you’d think that would give me a free day to do what I want. But, as you know, I also have a publishing company to run. Yesterday one of my colleagues at Biteback found me at my desk fast asleep. I bet that never happens to Nick Ferrari.

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I’m starting to compile my annual power lists of the top 100 people on the right and left of British politics. But I started yesterday with the Top 50 Liberal Democrats, bless them. Compiling it with my panel of four LibDem enthusiasts felt like indulging in the political equivalent of a ‘sympathy shag’. Whatever that is.

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