MP handed royal promotion

Watford MP Claire Ward has been promoted, following Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Government reshuffle.

Formerly a senior Government whip, as Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury, Ms Ward has been handed a role within the Whips Office that will bring her into regular contact with the Queen.

As Vice Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household, Ms Ward will act as an official representative to Buckingham Palace, writing daily to the Queen to update her on the latest business at Westminster. Her new role will also see her help push Government legislation through the House of Commons, while maintaining unity among her fellow Labour MPs.

Ceremonial duties include accompanying the Queen and Royal Household at events such as the annual garden party at Buckingham Palace. Part of Ms Ward's new job, dating back several centuries, requires her to be held "captive" at Buckingham Palace when the Queen drives in procession to Westminster for the State opening of Parliament, which is set to take place on December 3.

Ms Ward is now the most senior woman in the Whips Office and her promotion to Vice Chamberlain makes her part of the management team with the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip.

Ms Ward also follows in the footsteps of a former Watford MP, Tristan Garel-Jones, who held a similar role under Margaret Thatcher.

Ms Ward said: "This is not something that I had anticipated but the next few months will certainly be interesting. The Government has its challenges ahead, the greatest of which is to ensure that we lead the country through the difficult economic times and help those who are least able to protect themselves from an economic downturn.

"In the Whips Office I will be able to help steer the party and our legislation along the right road to achieve that. I am also delighted to have this rather privileged and unusual position which epitomises some of our best parliamentary traditions."

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11:37am Mon 6 Oct 08

Mr Elliott says...

Not surpsied she got a promotion...she's always in London, never in Watford (who last actually saw her!) and all other MP's love her cos she voted to keep their expenses high. Roll on election exit for Ward.
Not surpsied she got a promotion...she's always in London, never in Watford (who last actually saw her!) and all other MP's love her cos she voted to keep their expenses high. Roll on election exit for Ward. Mr Elliott

11:44am Mon 6 Oct 08

JonBoy says...

There no limit to how far browne nosing will get you. More time with the Queen = less time looking after Watford's interests.
There no limit to how far browne nosing will get you. More time with the Queen = less time looking after Watford's interests. JonBoy

12:10pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Molly Newman says...

Can we ask the Palace to keep her captive as she isn't wanted in Watford.
Can we ask the Palace to keep her captive as she isn't wanted in Watford. Molly Newman

1:00pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Jimbobfury says...

Don't worry...she'll be out of a job come the next election!
Don't worry...she'll be out of a job come the next election! Jimbobfury

1:47pm Mon 6 Oct 08

pete50 says...

Poor old Claire. Every one left who supports Gordon Brown has a got a grace and favour job and Claire gets this!!
Even Mandelson who hates him has got a better job. Never mind - tax payer funded pensions all round.
Poor old Claire. Every one left who supports Gordon Brown has a got a grace and favour job and Claire gets this!! Even Mandelson who hates him has got a better job. Never mind - tax payer funded pensions all round. pete50

2:22pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Roy Stockdill says...

Does anyone seriously think this is a good job to have, having to spend all that time sucking up to the Queen and mixing with the bowing-and-scraping flunkies at Buck House?

Anyway, isn't Claire a Catholic? I thought they weren't allow in the Palace or anywhere near the throne.
Does anyone seriously think this is a good job to have, having to spend all that time sucking up to the Queen and mixing with the bowing-and-scraping flunkies at Buck House? Anyway, isn't Claire a Catholic? I thought they weren't allow in the Palace or anywhere near the throne. Roy Stockdill

2:36pm Mon 6 Oct 08

enlightened one says...

I fully expect the good people of Watford to promote this self-serving nonentity to oblivion at the next election,if I were Ms Ward I wouldn't bother campaigning as it will be a total waste of her time no-one would the first idea who she was anyway.
I fully expect the good people of Watford to promote this self-serving nonentity to oblivion at the next election,if I were Ms Ward I wouldn't bother campaigning as it will be a total waste of her time no-one would the first idea who she was anyway. enlightened one

3:49pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Roy Stockdill says...

enlightened one wrote:
I fully expect the good people of Watford to promote this self-serving nonentity to oblivion at the next election,if I were Ms Ward I wouldn't bother campaigning as it will be a total waste of her time no-one would the first idea who she was anyway.
The problem is, who would Watford get in her place? Sal Brinton or a Tory who hasn't even been selected yet in the fallout from the Oakley Affair (as far as I know)? At the last General Election I accurately predicted Claire Ward's majority (directly to her, as it happens) and got it more or less dead right. I certainly wouldn't stick my neck out next time.
[quote][p][bold]enlightened one[/bold] wrote: I fully expect the good people of Watford to promote this self-serving nonentity to oblivion at the next election,if I were Ms Ward I wouldn't bother campaigning as it will be a total waste of her time no-one would the first idea who she was anyway.[/p][/quote]The problem is, who would Watford get in her place? Sal Brinton or a Tory who hasn't even been selected yet in the fallout from the Oakley Affair (as far as I know)? At the last General Election I accurately predicted Claire Ward's majority (directly to her, as it happens) and got it more or less dead right. I certainly wouldn't stick my neck out next time. Roy Stockdill

4:46pm Mon 6 Oct 08

enlightened one says...

Anybody has to be better than ms ward ,and Roy if she gets in again with the current governments standing and her total invisibility in Watford I will gladly prostrate myself outside the Labour party office declaring her to be the greatest MP in the history of MPs.Can't say fairer than that now can I.
Anybody has to be better than ms ward ,and Roy if she gets in again with the current governments standing and her total invisibility in Watford I will gladly prostrate myself outside the Labour party office declaring her to be the greatest MP in the history of MPs.Can't say fairer than that now can I. enlightened one

4:51pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Reader (R) says...

It's nice to see that she is as highly thought of by the people of Watford as her parents are by the membership of the Threeways Centre in Borehamwood.
It's nice to see that she is as highly thought of by the people of Watford as her parents are by the membership of the Threeways Centre in Borehamwood. Reader (R)

4:52pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Flyonthewall says...

How long will it be before the mare claims credit for this? Word has it Sal and the Mare have had the photograph taken and they are just putting the final touches to their spin on the story.
How long will it be before the mare claims credit for this? Word has it Sal and the Mare have had the photograph taken and they are just putting the final touches to their spin on the story. Flyonthewall

5:01pm Mon 6 Oct 08

crazyfrog says...

shes just a puppet of Browns!
very bad deal for Watford to have her as an MP. roll on the next election, enjoy it while your still in office ms Ward come the election you will deservedly be out on your ear.
shes just a puppet of Browns! very bad deal for Watford to have her as an MP. roll on the next election, enjoy it while your still in office ms Ward come the election you will deservedly be out on your ear. crazyfrog

6:42pm Mon 6 Oct 08

Flyonthewall says...

Talking of puppets, Watfords Lib Dem councilors are just puppets of the mare. Word is she talks to them as if they're school kids if the dare dissagree. So CrazyFrog who do you think would be elected as our MP that wouldn't be a puppet of their leader ????????
Talking of puppets, Watfords Lib Dem councilors are just puppets of the mare. Word is she talks to them as if they're school kids if the dare dissagree. So CrazyFrog who do you think would be elected as our MP that wouldn't be a puppet of their leader ???????? Flyonthewall

10:21am Tue 7 Oct 08

Steve, Abbots Langley says...

Too much negativity. In every other walk of life Claire would be congratulated on her promotion.
Too much negativity. In every other walk of life Claire would be congratulated on her promotion. Steve, Abbots Langley

11:03am Tue 7 Oct 08

enlightened one says...

Wondered when we would hear from you Steve you must be the only person left in the constituency thats going to vote for her.Promotion on merit good,promotion for brown-nosing bad,she is a laughable constituency MP.
Wondered when we would hear from you Steve you must be the only person left in the constituency thats going to vote for her.Promotion on merit good,promotion for brown-nosing bad,she is a laughable constituency MP. enlightened one

11:10am Tue 7 Oct 08

Roy Stockdill says...

Steve, Abbots Langley wrote:
Too much negativity. In every other walk of life Claire would be congratulated on her promotion.
If there is negativity, it is because politicians of all parties have lost all credibility with the public and are widely seen as venal, corrupt toadies with their snouts buried deeply in the trough at the taxpayers' expense, keenly looking after their own interests and not the country's. The return of the totally discredited sleazebag Mandelson, not to mention his staggering elevation to the peerage, to a government increasingly seen to be in its death throes simply beggars belief. This man who has is tainted with dodgy dealings now has a meal ticket for life. What sort of message does that send out to ordinary people struggling to survive in the current crisis?

I would not for a moment suggest that Claire Ward, whom I happen to like as a person, is guilty of anything untoward. However, she will inevitably be tarred with the same brush as a government that long ago ceased to have any pretension to be socialist or Labour and is obsessed only with hanging onto power in any desperate way it can. Unfortunately for Claire, she is also seen as one who has never opposed her political masters or attempted to be independent, but who has always toed the party line. Her promotion will be widely seen as a reward for loyalty to a failing cause. In the other walks of life to which you refer, i.e. the real world of employment, this used to be known as "buggins' turn"!

Still, I think we are all aware of who you are and where your loyalties lie
[quote][p][bold]Steve, Abbots Langley[/bold] wrote: Too much negativity. In every other walk of life Claire would be congratulated on her promotion. [/p][/quote]If there is negativity, it is because politicians of all parties have lost all credibility with the public and are widely seen as venal, corrupt toadies with their snouts buried deeply in the trough at the taxpayers' expense, keenly looking after their own interests and not the country's. The return of the totally discredited sleazebag Mandelson, not to mention his staggering elevation to the peerage, to a government increasingly seen to be in its death throes simply beggars belief. This man who has is tainted with dodgy dealings now has a meal ticket for life. What sort of message does that send out to ordinary people struggling to survive in the current crisis? I would not for a moment suggest that Claire Ward, whom I happen to like as a person, is guilty of anything untoward. However, she will inevitably be tarred with the same brush as a government that long ago ceased to have any pretension to be socialist or Labour and is obsessed only with hanging onto power in any desperate way it can. Unfortunately for Claire, she is also seen as one who has never opposed her political masters or attempted to be independent, but who has always toed the party line. Her promotion will be widely seen as a reward for loyalty to a failing cause. In the other walks of life to which you refer, i.e. the real world of employment, this used to be known as "buggins' turn"! Still, I think we are all aware of who you are and where your loyalties lie Roy Stockdill

12:16pm Tue 7 Oct 08

Roy Stockdill says...

enlightened one wrote:
Anybody has to be better than ms ward ,and Roy if she gets in again with the current governments standing and her total invisibility in Watford I will gladly prostrate myself outside the Labour party office declaring her to be the greatest MP in the history of MPs.Can't say fairer than that now can I.
I wasn't saying Claire Ward would get in next time, but I was simply asking what the alternatives are.

Personally, I have very little faith left in any of them and I doubt many other people have, either. Politicians seem to have lost touch with both the voters and the real world their constituents live in. Certainly, they will be the ones most protected from the current financial crisis, what with their handsome salaries and expenses, all self-voted-for, not to mention the outrageous fiddles many of them have been indulging in, all sanctioned by Mr Speaker, Gorbals Mick, the one-time supposed Glasgow socialist with his snout well and truly buried deeper in the trough than anyone.
[quote][p][bold]enlightened one[/bold] wrote: Anybody has to be better than ms ward ,and Roy if she gets in again with the current governments standing and her total invisibility in Watford I will gladly prostrate myself outside the Labour party office declaring her to be the greatest MP in the history of MPs.Can't say fairer than that now can I.[/p][/quote]I wasn't saying Claire Ward would get in next time, but I was simply asking what the alternatives are. Personally, I have very little faith left in any of them and I doubt many other people have, either. Politicians seem to have lost touch with both the voters and the real world their constituents live in. Certainly, they will be the ones most protected from the current financial crisis, what with their handsome salaries and expenses, all self-voted-for, not to mention the outrageous fiddles many of them have been indulging in, all sanctioned by Mr Speaker, Gorbals Mick, the one-time supposed Glasgow socialist with his snout well and truly buried deeper in the trough than anyone. Roy Stockdill

3:01pm Tue 7 Oct 08

JonBoy says...

While we're on the subject of mingers, perhaps Dorothy will stand for parliamentary election
While we're on the subject of mingers, perhaps Dorothy will stand for parliamentary election JonBoy

8:37am Wed 8 Oct 08

hystericool says...

Roy Stockdill wrote:
Does anyone seriously think this is a good job to have, having to spend all that time sucking up to the Queen and mixing with the bowing-and-scraping flunkies at Buck House?

Anyway, isn't Claire a Catholic? I thought they weren't allow in the Palace or anywhere near the throne.
With all the ar5e kissing CW has done over the years,i think she's perfect for the job.She has shown over time that she has no moral fibre or integrity.She'll love the work,all pomp and ceremony but no actual graft.I forgot,she already has a job like that.....its called an MP...Go CW,if ever nest feathering is made an olympic sport GB are a shoe in for gold....
[quote][p][bold]Roy Stockdill[/bold] wrote: Does anyone seriously think this is a good job to have, having to spend all that time sucking up to the Queen and mixing with the bowing-and-scraping flunkies at Buck House? Anyway, isn't Claire a Catholic? I thought they weren't allow in the Palace or anywhere near the throne. [/p][/quote] With all the ar5e kissing CW has done over the years,i think she's perfect for the job.She has shown over time that she has no moral fibre or integrity.She'll love the work,all pomp and ceremony but no actual graft.I forgot,she already has a job like that.....its called an MP...Go CW,if ever nest feathering is made an olympic sport GB are a shoe in for gold.... hystericool

8:43am Wed 8 Oct 08

hystericool says...

Steve, Abbots Langley wrote:
Too much negativity. In every other walk of life Claire would be congratulated on her promotion.
Its not promotion,its called the payoff.This is what she gets for selling her soul,all those crazy votes backing the government.How else can Labour get the legislation through when their own MPs have to be bribed?.
Just look at Peter Mandelson getting a life peerage for people smuggling and fraud,not bad work if you can get it...
[quote][p][bold]Steve, Abbots Langley[/bold] wrote: Too much negativity. In every other walk of life Claire would be congratulated on her promotion. [/p][/quote] Its not promotion,its called the payoff.This is what she gets for selling her soul,all those crazy votes backing the government.How else can Labour get the legislation through when their own MPs have to be bribed?. Just look at Peter Mandelson getting a life peerage for people smuggling and fraud,not bad work if you can get it... hystericool
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