The Diary can exclusively reveal that Phil Wade, the newly appointed marketing chief for University for Industry (Ufi), changed his name in the mid-Eighties to hide the connection with his older, more famous brother – former Conservative PM John Major.
Fearing accusations of nepotism from jealous rivals, Phil secretly changed his surname from Major to Wade in the middle of John’s meteoric rise from failed Brixton bus conductor to primus inter pares.
However, following discreet enquires by the Diary, a close chum has spilled the beans.
He says: “Phil’s not going to be happy the cat’s out of the bag. He doesn’t want to be known as John’s younger brother – he wants to make it on his own.”
With his winning smile, and those kind eyes framed in sensitive glasses, the Diary wonders how he could possibly fail.
All the best in your new job, Mr Major.