Clifford denies ’moral crusade’

Max Clifford, the PR man behind allegations about the relationship between Tory MP Jerry Hayes and a Commons researcher, claimed he has turned down stories about the private lives of several politicians in both main parties.

Max Clifford, the PR man behind allegations about the relationship

between Tory MP Jerry Hayes and a Commons researcher, claimed he has

turned down stories about the private lives of several politicians in

both main parties.



’Providing they are doing a good job for their constituents, I don’t

think I should have anything to do with it - all I do is mark their

card’, said Clifford.



But he said the alleged activities of Hayes had gone ’beyond what I was

prepared to accept’ and he would have done the same thing if the MP had

been Labour. Hayes is now suing a national newspaper over the

allegations.



Although he denied he was on a moral crusade, Clifford admitted he had a

personal vendetta against the Conservative Party over its treatment of

the National Health Service and that the Hayes story had been a useful

platform for him.



He denied there was a conflict with the interests of his client, Paul

Stone, who he said had had ’the best advice possible in the

circumstances’.



Clifford added that he did not care what the rest of the PR industry

thought of him. Many, he said, did work he ’wouldn’t touch with a

barge-pole’ such as PR for tobacco companies or arms manufacturers.



Leader p11.



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