DIARY: Reshuffle can’t keep Lord Simon away from lunch date with FH’s Le Jeune

While most ministers due for the proverbial reshuffle push were to be found cowering at home waiting for ’that’ phone call, last week outgoing Trade and Competitiveness Minister Lord Simon of Highbury was happily lunching with Fishburn Hedges associate director Martin Le Jeune and retired businessman Barry Garfield on reshuffle day.

While most ministers due for the proverbial reshuffle push were to

be found cowering at home waiting for ’that’ phone call, last week

outgoing Trade and Competitiveness Minister Lord Simon of Highbury was

happily lunching with Fishburn Hedges associate director Martin Le Jeune

and retired businessman Barry Garfield on reshuffle day.



Simon’s lunch at swanky West End eatery Stephen Bull came courtesy of

the Financial Times, which is running a sealed bidding contest for

readers to have lunch with celebrities, including playwright Tom

Stoppard, ballerina Darcey Bussell, Tory Party maverick Alan Clark ...

and Lord Simon.



Fishburn Hedges was selected by the FT to promote the contest - so a

lucky FH consultant co-hosts each lunch - and the money raised goes to

Save The Children.



Le Jeune tells me Simon was clearly in the know about being dropped from

the Department for Trade and Industry. Indeed, the former BP supremo

appeared much the happier at the prospect of no more endless government

meetings.



’He was positively demob happy,’ says Le Jeune. Tony Blair can comfort

himself with the thought that he made at least one man happy that day.



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