Monk quit Caplin account because of ‘other voices’

The former PR man for Cherie Blair’s ‘lifestyle guru’ Carole Caplin has cited ‘other voices being heard purportedly to speak on Carole’s behalf’ for his decision to resign his contract with her.

Ian Monk, who resigned the account this week amid speculation that his former client was set to sell her memoirs, told PRWeek that his job had become ‘completely impossible’.

He declined to comment on the so-called ‘other voices’, but it is understood he believes that figures from within Downing Street were pitching the memoir story, which has since been denied by Caplin, to journalists.

Monk was also critical of alleged briefing against himself. He said that despite resigning the account by letter on Monday, ‘within one hour [of resigning], I was getting feedback from senior lobby sources that [Caplin] had decided to fire me.’

‘At this point it became clear that normal rules were being set aside,’ he added.

Caplin’s solicitor, Martin Cruddace of Schillings, said: ‘We are handling her PR for the time being. We are in discussion with potential new PROs.’

A spokesman for Freud Communications – which one media report stated was now representing Caplin – said: ‘We are not and we won’t be.’

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