Conservative opposition leader Peter Golds has res- ponded to CIPR local public services group vice-chairman Peter Holt, who suggested in last week's PRWeek that complaints about council publications by Golds and others were 'political point-scoring'.
Golds wrote to PRWeek: 'This is not point-scoring, it is diverting public money to where it is needed.
'This was a comment from the vice-chair of the CIPR local public service group, who appears to have been speaking in a personal capacity. The same person is also a local authority director of comms and marketing.
'As Mandy Rice-Davies said all those years ago, "He would, wouldn't he".'
Holt, who is also Bristol City Council service director of comms and marketing, said in last week's issue that councils communicating with local residents was 'an unequivocally good thing'.
Golds reported his council's publication East End Life in July, which is now under investigation by the district auditor.
He added: 'East End Life and its equally ugly sister in Greenwich are not actually newspapers, they are publicly funded, multi-page advertorials.'