While most ministers due for the proverbial reshuffle push were to
be found cowering at home waiting for ’that’ phone call, last week
outgoing Trade and Competitiveness Minister Lord Simon of Highbury was
happily lunching with Fishburn Hedges associate director Martin Le Jeune
and retired businessman Barry Garfield on reshuffle day.
Simon’s lunch at swanky West End eatery Stephen Bull came courtesy of
the Financial Times, which is running a sealed bidding contest for
readers to have lunch with celebrities, including playwright Tom
Stoppard, ballerina Darcey Bussell, Tory Party maverick Alan Clark ...
and Lord Simon.
Fishburn Hedges was selected by the FT to promote the contest - so a
lucky FH consultant co-hosts each lunch - and the money raised goes to
Save The Children.
Le Jeune tells me Simon was clearly in the know about being dropped from
the Department for Trade and Industry. Indeed, the former BP supremo
appeared much the happier at the prospect of no more endless government
’He was positively demob happy,’ says Le Jeune. Tony Blair can comfort
himself with the thought that he made at least one man happy that day.