Diary: Blackpool lights up with the big issue of certain lobbyists’ suite success

The Government attempted to distance itself from lobbying firms after the ’lobbygate’ episode but it seems that public affairs companies are still scrambling for access.

The Government attempted to distance itself from lobbying firms

after the ’lobbygate’ episode but it seems that public affairs companies

are still scrambling for access.



News reaches me that firms are desperately vying for the best rooms for

this year’s Labour Party conference in Blackpool. Any agency worth its

fees books up the best hotel rooms well in advance which is precisely

what GPC did. However, it is accusing one of its rivals, Bell Pottinger

Political, of underbooking and having to beg for spares.



Bell Pottinger Political’s managing director Kevin Bell tells me this

was not the case: ’A certain lobbying company had loads of rooms spare

because it has lost a lot of staff and was ringing around trying to get

rid of them,’ he says.



Bell then cheekily added: ’They must have had all these suites booked

for Derek Draper. We might take them. We’re more than happy to

help.’



GPC managing director John Dickie tells me that Bell is wide of the

mark.



’We’ve got a lot of rooms on our books for lots of clients. If we lost

five people it would be a drop in the ocean.’



Come on lads, sort things out or we’ll be stumbling over lobbyists

sleeping rough on the pleasure beach.



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