DIARY: Summer time, and with so much bubbly, the living is queasy

Jon McLeod, Westminster Strategy’s resident spin doctor bid farewell to his colleagues last Friday prior to joining Colin Byrne’s New Labour lobby shop Shandwick Public Affairs.

Jon McLeod, Westminster Strategy’s resident spin doctor bid

farewell to his colleagues last Friday prior to joining Colin Byrne’s

New Labour lobby shop Shandwick Public Affairs.



If there was a note of regret in McLeod’s voice it was possibly prompted

by the realisation that he will not now get the chance to taste the

pounds 20,000 worth of champagne he has bought in for Westminster

Strategy’s summer party in three weeks’ time.



Fear not, Jon. I’m told Shandwick is planning a series of bashes this

summer - and knowing New Labour’s love of the bubbly stuff, we can

safely assume Krug won’t be going out of business.



Meanwhile, there are traffic problems ahead in the Westminster area on 2

July when APCO holds its summer party. With a guest list already

numbering 1,800 so far, this looks like being one of the hits of the

season. All of which will pose a conundrum for all those new Labour MPs

who have been warned about accepting hospitality from lobbyists.



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