Diary: Show some respect Mr Kelly

To the Houses of Commons, and the intriguing spectacle of BAA corporate and public affairs director Tom Kelly effectively telling MPs he has no contacts worth writing home about.

Kelly was put though his paces by the public administration select committee last Friday, along with representatives of Tesco and AstraZeneca.

Committee chair Tony Wright suggested that, as a former chief spokesman for Tony Blair at Number 10, Kelly must have 'quite a contacts book'. But the BAA man seemed keen to stamp on that suggestion. 'Well, actually no,' he spluttered. 'My contacts are with press officers. My main contacts on a daily basis were with other departments' press offices. My role was as a communicator, not a policy maker.'

Just press officers,eh Tom? Surely you're not suggesting that a PRO should not be top of every decent contact book? No? Good, thought so. Just checking.

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