DIARY: PROs see political ambitions thwarted by press

Two former Weber Shandwick employees are using their public affairs know-how to chart their respective passages to the corridors of power.

Ex-associate director Priti Patel and director Peter Bowyer are now political adversaries (she's Tory, he's Labour).

Both discovered the fickle nature of the media when they appeared in the same edition of the Evening Standard last week.

Patel, a former William Hague media adviser turned hopeful Tory parliamentary candidate, has written a letter of complaint about the story, which said she claimed the Conservative Party was stymieing her political career.

But Patel, who took up the role of alcohol information manager at Diageo last month, claims her quotes were taken out of context: 'They were lifted from a much wider article and made to fit the story.'

Bowyer received a roasting from Standard columnist and novelist Will Self, who accused him of scaremongering and using 'feigned fiscal rectitude' to secure his 60-vote win in council elections earlier this month. 'I believe you're getting somewhere if you're criticised by Will Self,' said Bowyer.

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