Royal National Institute for Deaf People chief executive officer James Strachan, believed to be a frontrunner for c...
Royal National Institute for Deaf People chief executive officer James Strachan, believed to be a frontrunner for chair of the Audit Commission, is the partner of arts minister Baroness Blackstone.
An attempt to appoint Lord Norman Warner fell through after his close ties to the Labour Party emerged (LGC, 8 March).
However, commentators were reluctant to conclude Mr Strachan's connection would compromise him in the same way.
Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics, said: 'It would be wrong if people who were talented in their own right could not get public appointments simply because of their close personal relationships. '
Local Government Association vice chair Sandy Bruce-Lockhart (Con) said he was reluctant to comment before the appointment was confirmed and said he had heard several names mentioned in connection with the post.