Michael McManus is a writer, playwright, campaigner and former parliamentary candidate. In 2001, he was the Conservative candidate for Watford and has worked for three Conservative Prime Ministers. In 2003, he helped to set up and run the first-ever national, cross-party campaign for a UK referendum on Europe and from 2012 to 2014 ran the press complaints commission (PCC). He is currently working on two plays, a double bill that is on at the White Bear in Kennington at the end of August and Maggie and Ted that will be reprised at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford in October.