Clarke caught in the act with White

Public affairs types flocked to the Royal Society of Arts last week for a bash held by Sovereign Strategy, the lobbying firm run by ex-MEP Alan Donnelly.

Star attraction was David Dimbleby, who was there to talk about charity Dimbleby Cancer Care. Dimbleby also took the opportunity to express his dissatisfaction over the departure of BBC1 controller Peter Fincham (readers will recall how the BBC cannily realised public appetite for reality TV had waned and faked-up a trailer of the Queen 'storming out' of a photoshoot).

Also in attendance was esteemed Guardian political hack Michael White and the Blairite ex-home secretary Charles Clarke.

Why Clarke showed up remains a mystery to Diary, but a few days later White's paper reported how 'leading Blairites' had signalled that they are 'prepared to speak out against Gordon Brown if he fails to address what they regard as his tactical and strategic errors'. Leading Blairites, huh? Who could that be?

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