Wed 27 May 2009, The Guardian

I'm not saying that a celebrity cannot be a good MP, but fame alone is not a good enough credential

By Marcel Berlins
If I can think of one thing worse than a parliament consisting largely of second-raters (whether or not they fiddle their expenses), it's a parliament full of celebrities. It was depressing to read that David Cameron , as part of his plea for new candidates to come forward, said that he would welcome famous figures such as Joanna Lumley becoming Conservative MPs. This followed Esther Rantzen's over-publicised announcement that she was seriously considering standing - it's now hardened into a definite intention, unless the present MP for Luton South stands down.
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