DIARY: Bell chimes for Tory general election success

Sir Tim Bell was at his most uncompromising last week when he spoke at the annual lunch of the IPR’s Government Affairs group.

Sir Tim Bell was at his most uncompromising last week when he spoke at

the annual lunch of the IPR’s Government Affairs group.



A packed hall, including Labour MP Tom Cox, who sponsored the event,

heard Bell hold forth on the subject of politics and lobbying after

Nolan. ‘It was like a party political broadcast on behalf of the

Conservative party,’ says one in-house public affairs man. ‘Basically

the message was, we’ve never had it so good.’



After a couple of jokes, including Denis Thatcher’s advice on how to

stay awake during speeches - stick your finger on the roof of your

mouth, that way you either wake up or you’re violently sick - Bell

warmed to his theme.



He dismissed the noisy minority - Labour and the media - which had

created ‘dragons’ to scare people and predicted a Conservative victory

at the next election. Europe would be to the 1997 campaign what tax was

in 1992 - Labour’s Achilles heel.



‘It was certainly forthright,’ says group chairman Quentin Rappaport.



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