"Bob Geldof has agreed to work with the Tories on a world poverty group being set up by David Cameron, the Conservative leader.
Mr Cameron has appointed Peter Lilley, a former Cabinet minister, to head the commission. His co-operation with Mr Geldof, who has warmly praised Tony Blair's initiatives at the G8 for Africa, will be seen as a further attempt to steer the Tories towards "caring Conservatism".
Senior Tories emphasised that Mr Geldof was acting in a non-party role. "There is no question of Sir Bob joining the Conservatives," said a Tory source. "While remaining entirely non-partisan, Bob will work with the group to bring his influence to bear in order to help us go in the direction that he and we both want."
Mr Cameron said: "This summer, millions of British people took part in the Make Poverty History campaign. A new generation of concerned citizens want prosperity for themselves and progress for the poor - whether living on the other side of the street or the other side of the world. Modern, compassionate Conservatism means responding to their demands."
Would that be the Peter Lilley who, when Social Security Secretary, said he had a "little list" of people to deal with, including unwed mothers who got pregnant to jump the housing queue (here)? Seems a strange choice to deal with poverty, even in the modern caring compassionate Conservative Party.
And why would St Bob want to become involved? I can't believe that his motivation is solely based on a desire to see his name in the media once again...