OK I sorted it.
It's not easy to describe but I'll try:
Removing the gearstick gator, sound proofing and rubber seal I found the gearstick pivot bush which was fine. The metal bush housing was moving about far too much for my liking. It runs forwards and back. I jacked up the car and got underneath, I followed the bush housing forward to discover that its locating bolt had come out. I Lined up the holes, and found a long enough nut and bolt to fit the hole. All is ok again now
PHEW!!! I was a bit worried there for a bit and had visions of new gearboxes which would have really pi**ed me off as I had to rebuild a gearbox on the girlfriends Saab 9000 aero just back in January.