It's an event that celebrates those who devote their lives to
seeking attention, speaking for hours on end and attempting to get into
the papers as much as humanly possible.
Yes, the announcement was made this week of the PR firm charged with
handling The Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year award, and the
chosen shop is Phipps PR.
Tasked with promoting the Zurich Financial Services-sponsored event, the
agency is led on the account by director Nicky Forrest.
Judged by the likes of BBC political editor Andrew Marr and foppish
Spectator editor and Tory MP Boris Johnson - who will, presumably, be
barred from selecting himself - the ceremony will be held in London in
On the assumption that John Prescott will not scoop the award, there
might just be an opportunity for a vanquished Tory to take some solace
from another poor year, joining such luminaries as previous
election-losing leaders John Major and Sir Edward Heath, as well as Tony