Gift of gab..

Tory media handler Ed Staite has left the Tories for a tidy lobbying post at Burson-Marsteller. Flack asked former boss and self-confessed hater of spin (hell, it's the party line) Boris Johnson what he thought of Staite. 'Ed Staite is a god-gifted spin doctor, a veteran master of strategy and all round general of the political battleground,' oozed Johnson. 'I would unhesitatingly recommend him to anyone who wants to win any comms battle.' That's Boris Johnson recommending spin. You read it here first...

Blue Rubicon was among those to lose out last week when Channel 4 had to pull part of its lunchtime bulletin due to the rapid evacuation of its staff. At the time poor old Blue Rubicon was waiting for coverage of a 'Green Streets' campaign it worked on for British Gas. But the news programme was replaced by a documentary instead. Blue Rubicon staff were said to be 'alarmed'...

MC2 is advising on the launch of a really rather plush hotel in Manchester. Velvet Hotel on Canal Street exists in the building that formerly housed Communique PR, having been sold by founder Paul Carroll to new proprietor, Mark Hayes. Carroll's feeling about the new hotel? 'I'm delighted to have been able to sell this building to Mark,' he beamed. 'After all, what better business to replace Communique than a hotel like Velvet? Long may the fun, frivolity, drinking and shagging continue.'

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