DIARY: Clifford sides with politicians for Oxford Union

Max Clifford's latest foray into the Oxford Union last week saw him debating along unexpected lines.

Clifford's seventh debate at the institution saw him contend alongside PRWeek writer Amanda Platell and 2001 PRWeek Awards presenter Jon Snow that politicians wield more power than the media. He pointed out that senior politicians passed 21 acts of Parliament last year to the media's score of zero, arguing: 'While the media has great influence, it's Tony Blair who decides whether we back the US and whether or not to reveal if his kids have had the MMR vaccine'.

The result was a landslide, with the trio defeating CNN European political editor Robin Oakley, Independent editor Simon Kelner and Spectator editor Boris Johnson by 417 votes to 138.

Clifford admits he would have been willing to take part on either side of the debate since 'I sometimes prefer to argue against what I believe in'.

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