With Tory Nick de Bois scalping Labour’s Joan Ryan in Enfield North back in 2010, the politics of the local Turkish Cypriot community was no minor concern in the tightly fought North London race.
Indeed, in 2008 Tory attack dog Greg Hands described Ryan’s appointment by Gordon Brown as Special Representative to Cyprus as a “title to enable her to better pander to her constituents of Cypriot origin in Enfield North”.
It is undeniable that an independent candidate from the Turkish community might have been able to assist de Bois by taking votes from Ryan.
So step forward Gonul Daniels — who the Enfield Independent reported on April 28 2010 had “broken Tory ranks to stand as an independent”:
A little over a year later in July 2011, however, Daniels had not only been welcomed back into the Conservative Party fold — but had been put on the Tories’ approved Westminster candidates list.
Pictured below alongside right wing crackpot Andrew Rosindell and de Bois, she is currently standing in the neighbouring seat of Edmonton.
The speed of Gonul’s departure from, return to and rise within the local Tories seems truly extraordinary — and is viewed with extreme suspicion by local observers.
So did Nick de Bois’ campaign encourage or otherwise allow one of his party’s own members to stand against him in the hope that it would take more votes from the incumbent MP?