The snap general election is of interest to the entire mortgage market but none more than Coventry Building Society. Mole hears that the lender’s media and public affairs manager, Havard Hughes, is standing as a Conservative MP in Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, and would leave the Coventry were he to win.
Havard has a fight on his hands as the constituency has been held by Plaid Cymru since 2001, and by Labour before that. But he has several advantages, including having been brought up in the local area and – crucially, for a would-be MP in Wales – being able to sing.
Mole is sure that property professionals, regardless of political hue, will root for one of their own on election day.
Word reaches Mole’s shell-like that the mortgage market’s very own wordsmith, Coreco’s Andrew Montlake, is involved in recording a charity single.
Readers will remember that, when Monty is not engaged in Coreco duties, he is the frontman and guitarist for indie rock band Rogue Monkey.
Mole understands the project is in its early stages, but will wait with bated breath to hear the final result.
Leeds by example
Mole doffs his soil-stained cap to Leeds Building Society, which last week announced it was partnering with not-for-profit running society Parkrun.
The deal sees the Leeds sponsor Parkrun’s free-running events in parks around the UK for three years.
With at least 450 such Parkruns taking place every weekend, and more than 100,000 runners taking part, this is truly a big-hearted move by the Leeds. Well done, all.