Diary: Stonborough: more exit details emerge

John Stonborough has found himself in the unusual position of handling his own crisis management over the past seven days, after it emerged there was more to his resignation as House of Commons strategic media adviser than first seemed (PRWeek, 5 November).

Far from quitting the post to 'leave on a high', as he told PRWeek last week, he actually left after it emerged he had tried to send an email to Conservative press chief Guy Black, a friend, with personal views about the recent publication of MPs' expenses. But by mistake he instead sent it to a Labour Party official.

Stonborough tells us: 'The situation is more silly than serious. I emailed a personal note to Guy, who is a former colleague and chum - and unfortunately I sent it to the wrong place.'

Following rather negative coverage in, among other titles, The Times and The Daily Telegraph, the story has left the PR man lamenting: 'I'm sad I have lost a good client... but silly me.'

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