Flack

At the final TV leaders' debate last week, PR maestros from Lord Bell to Alastair Campbell were out in force in the 'spin room' at the University of Birmingham.

Flack noticed publicity shy Tory comms director Andy Coulson making a very brief appearance, while Bell Pottinger director David Hill was spotted lurking at the back of the room. After the debate, Gordon Brown's express secretary Charlie Whelan was harassed by a blogger with a video camera. 'Who's that idiot?,'

Whelan asked charmingly ...

Tory grandee Lord Bell seemed to slip slightly off-message post-debate, apparently telling The People that his former boss Lady Thatcher thinks Cameron is 'boring' and 'out of touch with the British public'. His Lordship may also have failed to stick exclusively to key business messages when addressing an Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers conference last week. 'Imagine the Duke of Edinburgh doing stand-up comedy and you're there,' wrote The Publican ...

Elsewhere, there are rumours that Quentin Bell (no relation), the founder of the Quentin Bell Organisation, later sold to Bell Pottinger, was seen repeatedly failing to gain access to the men's toilets at Wimbledon station last week, after a long and convivial lunch at Daphne's. Flack's advice to PR men of a certain age: use the restaurant loos before leaving.

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