Board meetings at P&0 must be wide-ranging and deeply personal affairs judging from the comments of Lord Sterling, the ferry group's chairman, at its shareholders' annual get- together on Friday. Answering questions about his company's continued support for the Tories ( pounds 100,000 in each of the last two years), his lordship was at pains to point out that he was appointed to the board of the then nationalised British Airways by Labour's John Smith, that he is not a personal political supporter of John Major and three of P&O's 13 directors 'do not support the Conservative Party'. Which makes me wonder, just who are they and how does he know?
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