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
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
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.