Malcolm Rifkind suffers a great disadvantage: his colleague, Greg Hands, is a hyperactive and hands-on MP and he does not take his C&F constituents for granted.
Malcolm Rifkind, on the other hand, is indolent and seemingly disinterested in those he is supposed to represent.
Hands must be a bit of a nuisance to Rifkind for he shows him to be more involved looking after his £270,000 a year portfolio of non executive directorships than conscientiously caring for his constituents.
Being domiciled in Scotland must add to Rifkind's difficulties in representing a London seat.
Using Kensington as a graveyard for ageing political elephants is not fair on voters.
Getting to see Rifkind is a particular problem.
There are stories of having to wait weeks and weeks before the great man will deign to see you.
And, in most cases you have to traipse down to Westminster.
Hands, on the other hand, makes himself available at short notice.
So the Dame, having 'bigged up' Hands can, without fear of the awful Palmer calling her a Labour supporter, turn her attention to the man challenging Rifkind, Rod Abouharb.
The Dame wanted to meet all the candidates so summoned Abouharb 'into the presence'.
She was surprised to meet a far from doctrinaire socialist but someone prepared to robustly challenge his own party's stance on issues like the Mansion Tax....
Rod Abouharb is a very likeable, intelligent and hardworking candidate.
He seems genuinely keen to care about grassroots constituency work..... in a way Malcolm Rifkind does not.
The Dame's extends an invitiation to all the Kensington candidates to describe, in a succinct way, how they plan to do a robust job for the constituents of Kensington.
Out of respect for the sitting member she invites Sir Malcolm to kick off......