Flack: Tory PR machine in full swing

The Tory PR machine was in full swing this week as the Conservative Party conference got under way in Manchester.

On day one, Gordon Brown 'porky pies' were being handed around the press office by crazed 'butchers' in GB facemasks. Well, it's one way to get hardworking hacks' attention ... Monday evening saw party chair Eric Pickles host a packed pub quiz event. Flack's crack team narrowly missed out on a prize, but Bell Pottinger Public Affairs director Jonathan Caine was more successful. Caine's team, 'South West Wing', beat off dozens of Tory brains to win the whole thing. Congrats! ... Flack dropped by the BSkyB party and found a familiar face guarding the door.

Hanover director James Gurling was doubling up as a bouncer for his client. Flack is pleased to report that he didn't turn away rival lobbyists, such as Lexington's Gidon Freeman and Big Tent's David 'Crackers' Cracknell. So they can all play nicely ... Finally, rewind to Labour's bash in Brighton and Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw leading a merry sing-song around the piano at 1am. The man tinkling the ivory was former ITV corporate affairs chief Jim Godfrey, now boss of PR firm GallieGodfrey.

The award for most enthusiastic participant goes to Lansons Communications boss Tony Langham for his belting contribution to classics including Hey Jude. Get that man to a karaoke party!

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