Plays and politics for Surrey chief

Surrey Herald chief reporter Terry Pattinson is going part-time to concentrate on politics and play writing.

The
former Mirror and Express journalist plans to run against Tony Blair in
his Sedgefield constituency in the next general election as a candidate
for the Senior Citizen’s party.

He was industrial editor of the
Daily Mirror in 1991 and was one of the team that broke the story which
alleged Arthur Scargill had received payments from Colonel Gaddafi.

Pattinson’s
latest play will debut at the Woking Drama Festival in October It is
based on his experiences working on the Daily Express in the Sixties in
the next office to the reputed espionage reporter Chapman Pincher.

He
said: “It’s a play with a twist about the hunt for the fifth man in the
Sixties, who turned out to be the late Sir Anthony Blunt.”

Pattinson,
62, continues to work from home for the Surrey Herald, where has been
for four and a half years, as well as freelance commisions.

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