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Don't let backroom boys take charge of campaign

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It is disgraceful that Annette Fisher sought to raise funds from an organisation a fellow presidential candidate was reportedly in dispute with.

More surprising is her arrogance in refusing to explain her actions. I voted for Fisher and now regret doing so - she will not receive my support if she becomes president. In any other campaign for elected office, she would have been forced to withdraw her candidacy.

More worrying are the grey characters pulling the strings behind Ms Fisher's campaign such as Peter Murray of Wordsearch and MIPIM, and Marco Goldschmied of Richard Rogers Partnership - providing 'advice and financial assistance'.

And how far do these 'ties permeate the current presidency? In skipping through 30 written articles by Paul Hyett in the architectural and genera press, there has been a direc mention of Lord Rogers or Richard Rogers Partnership or Marco Goldschmied in almos 70 per cent of them!

The RIBA is too small for conspiracy theories but too important to be allowed to be steered by unelected backroom-boys.

John Brown, The Practice, London and Glasgow

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