DIARY: Press conferences take precedence over party conferences for Greer

Despite having to contribute pounds 7,500 to the Guardian’s coffers following its ‘cash for questions’ libel trial climb-down, I am glad to report Ian Greer Associates was able to dip into its depleted pockets to sponsor the Scope reception at this week’s Tory party conference.

Despite having to contribute pounds 7,500 to the Guardian’s coffers

following its ‘cash for questions’ libel trial climb-down, I am glad to

report Ian Greer Associates was able to dip into its depleted pockets to

sponsor the Scope reception at this week’s Tory party conference.



IGA chairman Ian Greer and chief executive Andrew Smith did not make it

to the Blackpool bash, apparently due to being holed up in London facing

the hungry press. However, managing director Jeremy Sweeney and Robbie

MacDuff, managing director of the agency’s Scottish office, were on hand

and did a fine job of putting on a mutual brave face - no doubt relieved

that at least some delegates had turned up.



Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labour bigwigs were too busy rubbing their hands

at the turn of events - news of which broke just before the evening

reception - to attend the do. However, some lesser lights were there to

quaff the orange juice and hear a presentation from non-executive

director and Labour peer Baroness Turner of Camden.



With IGA sponsoring the Mencap reception at next week’s Tory conference,

and with the Conservatives having somewhat less to thank the lobbying

agency for this week, it will be interesting to see which party members

make an appearance at that particular event.



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