DIARY: Famous faces turn out for Hobsbawm's soiree

Julia Hobsbawm last week staged a tenth anniversary party for her agency HMC at the venue of flagship client, the Cabinet War Rooms.

Those enjoying Churchill's war-time quarters included Blairite pollster Philip Gould, the Downing Street strategic communications unit's Philip Basssett, The Guardian's Simon Hoggart and Jonathan Freedland and agony aunt Claire Rayner.

As assorted worthies supped cocktails named after Julia's favourite activities - the stiff 'Schmoozer' and the booze-free 'Networker' - Hobsbawm whirled around introducing people to those they simply must meet.

'Jude Kelly just turned up with Patrick Stewart,' she said at one stage, amazed that the former director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse should arrive with the actor best known for his portrayal of Star Trek's Captain Kirk.

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