DIARY: Brown will definitely be PM, Mirror journo tells Cinnamon Club crowd

The second Westminster-themed breakfast briefing run by the public affairs division of The Communication Group took place last week at Parliament Square's upmarket Cinnamon Club.

Thirty people from among TCG's clients and prospects gathered to hear Daily Mirror political editor James Hardy speak about the implications of Chancellor Gordon Brown's Budget.

The assembled lobbyists - Charles Kennedy's fiancee and Camelot government affairs head Sarah Gurling among them - made copious notes as Hardy held forth.

Pro-euro campaigners will be disappointed, Hardy said, since 'Gordon' (he'd make a good lobbyist, this Hardy) won't allow interference from Europe in the delivery of public services.

Lobbyists ought to start making preparations for one racing certainty, Hardy told the throng: 'Brown will be prime minister.'

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