Flack: Flack's Week

APCO senior counsel Lionel Zetter has complained of having the tables turned on him at the Conservative Party conference this week - Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes was apparently using the conference to lobby the lobbyists to support his campaign for his golden labrador, Cholmeley,to win the Westminster 'dog of the year' award. It's a dog's life at the party conferences ...

Lobbying grandfather Doug Smith has revealed to Flack that he is 'gently fading away' from the public affairs industry.'It's a downward slope,' said 77-year-old Smith of his workload, who famously launched nascent lobbying firm Westminster Advisers back in the 1980s. Smith plans to focus on cricket, he says ...

Not only have Gavin Ellwood and Ben Atfield rebranded their firm by removing the 'and' from 'Ellwood and Atfield', but they have also made a foray into the art world by launching a gallery in its offices in Smith Square, Westminster, dedicated to 'the role, character and importance of comms'. Surely just an excuse for some champagne-quaffing in the office ...

You may remember that ACPO Worldwide presented a similarly comms-inspired garden at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, which won a silver medal. Well, the garden has now been shifted on a lorry to a permanent home in Paddington Recreation Ground as a tribute to Sir Simon Milton, former deputy mayor of London and the first MD of APCO's London office, who unexpectedly died last April.

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