DIARY: Vaz desk calendars leave lobbyists on edge

Bemused Westminster lobbyists have been wondering where Keith Vaz's

latest PR offensive is leading.

The former Minister for Europe, who left the Government last June, this

week started trying to charm his way back into public affairs

consultants' good books by sending them desk calendars with his cheery

mugshot on them.

Vaz was publicly criticised after being less than frank with standards

commissioner Elizabeth Filkin's inquiry into his business affairs.

SW1 speculation is that he will soon be seeking support from them for

worthy causes. Sources recall clients in the past stumping up for

charitable interests - a diversity conference here, a kids' party in the

House of Commons there.

'Vaz's crass attempts to curry favour in lobbyland have raised more than

a few chuckles,' says Diary's man at Westminster's Strangers bar.

Readers keen to know why they didn't receive a calendar can e-mail Vaz

directly at kvazmp@housecom.demon.co.uk to find out.

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