Tue 27 October 2009, The Guardian

Arts Council turns political football

By Charlotte Higgins
The row grinds on over the chair of the London office of Arts Council England. The culture secretary, Ben Bradshaw, vetoed Boris Johnson 's choice for the role, and his reasons were leaked to a newspaper – namely that Johnson had attempted to install a "crony" in Veronica Wadley, the former editor of the London Evening Standard, and that the putative appointment fell short of Nolan rules on standards in public life. He had been alerted that something was up by Liz Forgan, the Arts Council chair and member of the initial interviewing panel, who complained to Bradshaw that Wadley was "manifestly less qualified than three of her competitors". (Full disclosure: Forgan is also chair of the Scott Trust, which runs the Guardian.)
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