CCHQ is the headquarters of the British Conservative Party. It houses central staff and committee members and maintains overall responsibility for targeting voters and seats, including shortlisting and finalising the selection of conservative candidates across the United Kingdom for local and national elections. It is also used as a phone bank for volunteers like Robin Miller and is featured in The Missing Activist.
Harrods in Knightsbridge is the luxury department store where Karen Andersen’s nemesis Zinah al-Rashid meets her first recruit in The Missing Activist. It was set up as a one-room outlet in 1849 by Charles Harrod and today houses 330 and is owned by the state of Qatar.
British girls lured to Syria to become jihadi brides is one of the topics of The Missing Activist. when PI Karen Andersen goes undercover to learn why so many have made the journey to join Isis. Studies done by RUSI suggest the draws are many. They include a rejection of Western feminism, peer influence, female romantic optimism and the chance to be part of something new, exciting and illicit
A major incident in The Missing Activist occurs on a battle bus, the name given to a coach or vehicle used as both a method of transport as well as a center of operations during a political campaign, In 2017 a scandal threatened to overturn the government and even stop Brexit when a busload of activists were driven around the country and their costs not declared as part of party spending..
Kurdaitcha (or kurdaitcha man) is a ritual “executioner” in the aboriginal culture who “points the bone” at a victim to expel them from their community. If this happens no one is allowed any further contact with them. Victims usually die a self-imposed death in days. In Australia, the practice is still common enough that hospital staff are trained to manage illness caused by bone pointing. Its modern equivalent is exclusion bullying which is a theme running through The Missing Activist.