Flack: Lobbyist gets ringside seat as spinmeister gives explosive interview

Gordon Brown's former spinmeister Charlie Whelan gave an explosive interview to the Mail on Sunday last weekend, pointing the finger squarely at Peter Mandelson for Labour's election defeat.

The revelations were not a surprise to all though, after Bell Pottinger's Peter Bingle unwittingly found himself with a front row seat for Whelan's expose. The gregarious public affairs supremo was lunching at Soho venue The Gay Hussar when some fellow diners caught his attention: 'Amanda [Platell] arrived first, so I had a chat to her, then Charlie, who was a bit surprised to see me. It was clearly a fun interview.' A scene possibly not recreated around the Mandelson breakfast table ...

BAA-bound PR man Andrew Teacher fired off a goodbye email on leaving the British Property Federation. After inviting friends and colleagues for a farewell drink, he wrote: 'One person who won't be attending is the bitter old ex-editor of a weekly magazine who, despite his supposed seniority, still feels the need to lay into me behind my back to people who know me well about how much better off the BPF will be without me. Oh well, it beats spending time checking facts.' Saucer of milk, perhaps? ...

Finally, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says the club is trying to tackle the reputation of Ashley Cole. 'He has got to work a little bit, with our help, on improving his image,' said Buck. Yep, it's a mystery why the moneyobsessed, sex-texting love-rat doesn't get a better press.

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