Tetra Strategy and Brunswick among agencies dining Downing Street advisers

David Cameron and Nick Clegg's special advisers have recently been wined and dined by a select number of agencies including Tetra Strategy and Brunswick, it has been revealed.

Downing Street: special advisers meeting agencies
Downing Street: special advisers meeting agencies
Government hospitality records released by the Cabinet Office earlier this week have revealed that top government special advisers have met with a handful of agencies for lunch and dinner.

One of the prime minister’s special advisers Tim Colbourne had dinner paid for by Tetra Strategy on 28 January. On 14 February, Colbourne also met for lunch with Luther Pendragon.

Colbourne has previously worked as a strategy and communications consultant at Oxfam International.

None of the PM’s other special advisers met with agencies, although Steve Hilton is listed as meeting the News of the World at a Gala Awards on 30 March.

The PM’s director of comms Craig Oliver had lunch with his former employer the BBC on 16 March, and had a joint lunch with the BBC and the Daily Mail on 25 March.

Meanwhile, Nick Clegg’s special adviser Richard Reeves was lunched by Brunswick on 14 January.

Elsewhere, on 29 March, leader of the House of Lords’ special adviser Flora Coleman met for dinner and drinks with Edelman, and on 18 March, leader of the Commons’ special adviser Robert Riddell met Finsbury for lunch.

The Cabinet Office list documents hospitality received by special advisers during the period 1 January to 31 March.

On 19 July, the Cabinet Office provided the latest list of special advisers in Government. The prime minister has 20 special advisers, led by director of comms Craig Oliver, who earns £140,000 per year.

Meanwhile Clegg has five special advisers, led by Jonny Oates, who is paid £98,500 a year.

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