Darwen firm Crown sends paint to the PM

Crown HR and legal director Graham Haworth with the new shades

Crown HR and legal director Graham Haworth with the new shades

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

A NEW mix of paint made by a Darwen firm has proved a vote winner with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Crown Paints boss Joe Devitt kept his promise to devise the PM a special paint for his children’s bedrooms.

When Mr Cameron toured the firm’s factory, he told staff that if he cut his hours of work, his wife would want him to decorate their dens.

As Mr Cameron left after a question and answer session with workers, the boss of the Hollins Road company promised to mix him a special shade of paint to do the job.

Now Mr Devitt has got his experts to develop two new shades of blue to thank Mr Cameron and Darwen and Rossendale MP Jake Berry for visiting the factory earier this month.

Inspired by the Conservative party’s colour and the MPs’ constituencies, Crown created Witney Blue for the PM (he is MP for the Oxfordshire town) and Valley Blue for Mr Berry.

During the session with workers in Darwen, Mr Cameron said: “If I had more spare time, I think Sam would say ‘great, now you can do something useful, like paint the children’s bedrooms’.”

Mr Devitt said later: “We would be happy to mix the Prime Minister a special shade of paint to his, and his wife’s, taste.

“We would be happy to supply it at a discount price to be negotiated.

“I don’t say we would give it him for free.”

After sending sample tins of the paints to Mr Cameron and Mr Berry, Mr Devitt, said: “We wanted to mark the occasion appropriately and thought that there was nothing more fitting than bespoke paint colours for our guests.

Mr Berry said: “I really like mine and am just waiting for the appropriate opportunity to get my brush and roller out and paint on the wall at my constituency office Valley Blue."

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has gratefully received his paint sample but has not yet had the chance to try it out.”

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9:21am Mon 19 Aug 13

hasslem hasslem says...

hope they declare it
hope they declare it hasslem hasslem
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9:24am Mon 19 Aug 13

Good call says...

Why the hell are you sending tins of paint at a discount price to a multi millionaire, and discount paint to someone on £66,000 a year (excluding expenses and other interests). It is obvious that they are sucking up to the government but it won't matter soon. A few weeks ago , the EU passed legislation allowing them to impose a Cyprus-Style theft of bank accounts , so there you go Mr Crown Paints , all of your sucking up wont mean jack in the years and decades to come.
Why the hell are you sending tins of paint at a discount price to a multi millionaire, and discount paint to someone on £66,000 a year (excluding expenses and other interests). It is obvious that they are sucking up to the government but it won't matter soon. A few weeks ago , the EU passed legislation allowing them to impose a Cyprus-Style theft of bank accounts , so there you go Mr Crown Paints , all of your sucking up wont mean jack in the years and decades to come. Good call
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12:01pm Mon 19 Aug 13

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

I can't remember Crown producing a red for Labour, yellow for the LibDems, green for the Greens or a dirty grey for UKIP. They have nailed their political colours to the mast. Time to switch to Dulux.
I can't remember Crown producing a red for Labour, yellow for the LibDems, green for the Greens or a dirty grey for UKIP. They have nailed their political colours to the mast. Time to switch to Dulux. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
  • Score: 10

12:38pm Mon 19 Aug 13

A Darener says...

There is a saying. The more money you have the less you need to spend.

All big companies supply free goods to big wigs and celebrities. Heaven knows why!
There is a saying. The more money you have the less you need to spend. All big companies supply free goods to big wigs and celebrities. Heaven knows why! A Darener
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1:11pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Hendog says...

Heaven forbid, a local company tries to maximise the publicity of an extremely rare visit from a senior cabinet member.
I'm sure most people who read this paper will know somebody associated with Crown Paints. If this plays a small part in helping keep that business alive and well, then how can that be a bad thing. Such a group of small minded people
Heaven forbid, a local company tries to maximise the publicity of an extremely rare visit from a senior cabinet member. I'm sure most people who read this paper will know somebody associated with Crown Paints. If this plays a small part in helping keep that business alive and well, then how can that be a bad thing. Such a group of small minded people Hendog
  • Score: -1

2:53pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Good call says...

Hendog wrote:
Heaven forbid, a local company tries to maximise the publicity of an extremely rare visit from a senior cabinet member.
I'm sure most people who read this paper will know somebody associated with Crown Paints. If this plays a small part in helping keep that business alive and well, then how can that be a bad thing. Such a group of small minded people
When they are sucking up to someone who is bombing the **** out of countries and supporting terrorists worldwide , and taking from people who have nothing in this country then yes it is a bad thing . When will you realise the level of criminality and corruption in society? , when they start taking money from your bank account? How about when they try to conscript people again.
[quote][p][bold]Hendog[/bold] wrote: Heaven forbid, a local company tries to maximise the publicity of an extremely rare visit from a senior cabinet member. I'm sure most people who read this paper will know somebody associated with Crown Paints. If this plays a small part in helping keep that business alive and well, then how can that be a bad thing. Such a group of small minded people[/p][/quote]When they are sucking up to someone who is bombing the **** out of countries and supporting terrorists worldwide , and taking from people who have nothing in this country then yes it is a bad thing . When will you realise the level of criminality and corruption in society? , when they start taking money from your bank account? How about when they try to conscript people again. Good call
  • Score: 2

11:21pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Hendog says...

Good call wrote:
Hendog wrote:
Heaven forbid, a local company tries to maximise the publicity of an extremely rare visit from a senior cabinet member.
I'm sure most people who read this paper will know somebody associated with Crown Paints. If this plays a small part in helping keep that business alive and well, then how can that be a bad thing. Such a group of small minded people
When they are sucking up to someone who is bombing the **** out of countries and supporting terrorists worldwide , and taking from people who have nothing in this country then yes it is a bad thing . When will you realise the level of criminality and corruption in society? , when they start taking money from your bank account? How about when they try to conscript people again.
He was sent two tins of paint? Now unless he intends to throw them out of a plane I think you might be guilty of a bit of over exaggeration.
Im sure whichever company manufactured the pc or laptop you wrote your post on would never deal with politician either and has an utterly blemish free record and would never even dream of dealing with a politician let alone one wearing a blue tie
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hendog[/bold] wrote: Heaven forbid, a local company tries to maximise the publicity of an extremely rare visit from a senior cabinet member. I'm sure most people who read this paper will know somebody associated with Crown Paints. If this plays a small part in helping keep that business alive and well, then how can that be a bad thing. Such a group of small minded people[/p][/quote]When they are sucking up to someone who is bombing the **** out of countries and supporting terrorists worldwide , and taking from people who have nothing in this country then yes it is a bad thing . When will you realise the level of criminality and corruption in society? , when they start taking money from your bank account? How about when they try to conscript people again.[/p][/quote]He was sent two tins of paint? Now unless he intends to throw them out of a plane I think you might be guilty of a bit of over exaggeration. Im sure whichever company manufactured the pc or laptop you wrote your post on would never deal with politician either and has an utterly blemish free record and would never even dream of dealing with a politician let alone one wearing a blue tie Hendog
  • Score: -1

12:07pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Hendog says...

He was sent two tins of paint? Now unless he intends to throw them out of a plane I think you might be guilty of a bit of over exaggeration.
Im sure whichever company manufactured the pc or laptop you wrote your have an utterly blemish free record and would never even dream of dealing with a politician let alone one wearing a blue tie

Edited
He was sent two tins of paint? Now unless he intends to throw them out of a plane I think you might be guilty of a bit of over exaggeration. Im sure whichever company manufactured the pc or laptop you wrote your have an utterly blemish free record and would never even dream of dealing with a politician let alone one wearing a blue tie Edited Hendog
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