Diary: Gifford adds coffee to his already simmering pot of business interests

Andrew Gifford is rapidly building a reputation as the Don Corleone of the lobbying business - the man has fingers in more pies than Mr Kipling.

Andrew Gifford is rapidly building a reputation as the Don Corleone

of the lobbying business - the man has fingers in more pies than Mr

Kipling.



Apart from GJW, Gifford can also lay claim to directorships for seven

other commercial operations, ranging from Heritage Oil and Gas to

publishing company Fourth Estate, whose latest book - Sleaze: The

Corruption of Parliament - casts a rather unflattering light on the

activities of Gifford’s old lobbying rival Ian Greer.



Now I can reveal Gifford’s hand behind another Westminster development

of no less importance.



I am referring, of course, to Politicos, the new coffee house run by

former Waterfront Partnership deputy managing director Iain Dale and in

which Gifford is an investor.



The place is stuffed full of political memorabilia and features a 14ft

by 7ft mural of famous politicians of the 20th century which will be

unveiled at the launch bash by star guests Kenneth Baker, Tony Banks and

Matthew Parris. Unaccountably none of them actually feature in it.



Given Dale’s background and Gifford’s involvement, we can assume that

the special needs of lobbyists will have been catered for. Something

along the lines, perhaps, of a back room with dim lighting and those

pens on a chain you get in banks to fill in your cheque?



’Well there is my office,’ says Dale, ’it does have a pretty comfortable

couch.’ Whatever can he mean?



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