Word has reached The Capitalist that Malcolm Rifkind’s cousin once removed, Oliver Rifkind, is hoping to redress the damage done by a wayward political class next week, with the launch of a plush charitable event to inject disillusioned young people with boundless enthusiasm in the run up to the General Election.
Not put off by his kin’s recent experiences – Malcolm Rifkind quit politics following a cash-for-access row – the young development manager from Canary Wharf Group hopes to empower a lost political generation.
The event will target voter apathy and champion digital voting through a lively mix of debates with business personalities and celebs, ending with networking and drinks.
The Stand Up Together event at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 April will be attended by “an audience of 350 of the capital’s most influential up-and-comers”, including founder of Monitise Al Lukies, Robert Jakobi of Metcalfe’s Food, along with James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame.
It is backed by a glitterati of public figures including Tony Blair, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Rick Edwards and pop comic TV host Jack Whitehall.
Maybe cousin Malcolm could drop by to espouse the benefits of a career in politics...