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May 7, 2010 3:00 am
Archie Norman's big day out at his first ITV annual meeting today is overshadowed by an election hangover, causing the cancellation of a press call at 8am to discuss the group's trading results.
Though the former Tory MP for Tunbridge Wells may deny it, there were widely held suspicions that the real reason was not a lack of media acceptances but expectations of a late finish with Tory cohorts for the man who is the only FTSE 100 chairman to have sat in the House of Commons.
Mr Norman, a former party deputy chairman under William Hague , stood down as an MP in 2005, with ex-BCG man Greg Clark now in the safe seat.
Icap boss and Tory treasurer Michael Spencer booked out the whole of Richard Caring's Scotts restaurant for a dinner party ahead of the results vigil at Conservative Central Office.
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