Praise for PM's speechwriter - and poet - Clare Foges

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The young woman behind David Cameron’s Conservative party conference yesterday is also a poet in her spare time. Clare Foges, who has been working for the Tories at No 10 for several years, gained a Masters degree at Bristol, the Daily Mail has reported, and last year won second prize in the MAG poetry competition with her poem Bank Holiday. She was also highly commended in the Lupus poetry competition for another poem, Afternoon. According to her brief biog on the MAG competition page, “Clare lives and works in London”.  She said of her poem, Bank Holiday: "I so enjoyed reading other people's poems and I'm chuffed they liked mine. I was thinking about a childhood trip to a military show - me and my siblings wet and ungrateful in our yellow macs. The thought skipped to rainy piers... and this poem popped out." As for her speechwriting skills, BBC Newsnight’s political editor Allegra Stratton tweeted today: “Kudos to the PM’s speechwriter Clare Foges for a taut speech. Maybe all speechwriters should write poetry in their spare time.” 



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Anthony Emmerson

Mon 15th Oct 2012 12:23

Enjoyed her poems, but would have preferred more honest simplicity in the speech. e.g.

We are rich
and you are poor.
You'll get less
so we'll have more.

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