Dreaming up the ultimate political dinner party

From Mrs Thatcher sharing a table with Ken Livingstone, to Aung San Suu Kyi supping with David Cameron. Leading lights from the world of public affairs share their ideas for some inspiring party guest lists, as part of PRWeek's pre-election supplement. And who nominated John Prescott to serve the soup....?

Thatcher: nice chat with Ken? Picture - Rex
Thatcher: nice chat with Ken? Picture - Rex

(Click on each consultant's name to read their predictions on how the precarious political landscape will affect the practice of public affairs)

Razi Rahman, APCO Worldwide -Former Labour cabinet minister Dame Barbara Castle, Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, anti-apartheid leader Oliver Tambo.

Tim Collins, Bell Pottinger - Ronald Reagan for inspiration, Boris Johnson for entertainment, Peter Mandelson for provocation, George Osborne for business - and John Prescott to serve the soup.

Robert Gordon Clark, London Communications Agency - It has to be London politicians for us. Margaret Thatcher (who abolished the GLC), Ken Livingstone, Trevor Phillips, Dick Whittington and Samuel Pepys (to take notes) would make for a rather intriguing evening.

Martin LeJeune, Open Road - Cato the Younger - heroic tales of resisting tyranny; Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (the Kingmaker) - advice on political manipulation - and fighting; Charles James Fox - raconteur and sybarite, great fun; former US president Calvin Coolidge - every dinner party needs laconic wit; Percy Bysshe Shelley - not really a politician and undeniably a bit mental but a revolutionary wild card and good talker.

Nick Williams, Fleishman-Hillard - Sir Winston Churchill; famous diarist Rt Hon Alan Clark; Tom Driberg MP (former Labour MP closely associated with gossip and conspiracy!); Dame Barbara Castle; Lord Michael Cocks - Labour Government Whip in the 1970s

Simon Nayyar, Citigate Dewe Rogerson - Burnese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi; Marcus Aurelius; Conservative leader of the London Assembly Andrew Boff; David Cameron; 18th Century radical politician John Wilkes.

Olly Grender, PLMR - The Sun associate editor Trevor Kavanagh; Alistair Campbell; Michael Portillo; Shirley Williams; The Thick of It writer Armando Iannucci.

Henry Goodwin, TLG - Queen Rania of Jordan, Peter Mandelson, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Archie Norman, Boris Johnson.

Jon McLeod, Weber Shandwick - Queen Elizabeth I, Claudius (fourth Roman emperor), Napoleon, Boudica and Italian military and political leader Garibaldi

Click here to read the rest of the pre-election supplement, including PRWeek's pick of the MPs set to make the news during the election campaign, and an analysis of the effect of the Conservatives' plans to shake up the financial services industry.

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