Flack: The CIPR Local Public Services Conference enjoyed by all

The CIPR Local Public Services Conference in Edinburgh was enjoyed by all, especially Chris Payne, head of commercial operations at Tower Hamlets Council.

Fun-loving Chris whooped it up at the traditional Ceilidh dance on Thursday night. But Flack couldn't help noticing that he missed the 10am presentation he was giving on local newspapers the next day. Oops ... Elsewhere at the conference, The Guardian associate editor Michael White revealed his secret fascination with political bloggers. 'I don't read Guido Fawkes until he writes about me, and then I pretend lofty indifference,' he said ... In London, senior flacks were mixing with senior hacks at the London Press Club Ball, held in aid of the Journalists' Charity. As the auction got under way, one mystery bidder offered big money for esteemed political cartoonist Martin Rowson to draw a person of their choice. The mystery man then picked the Telegraph Media Group's corporate affairs director Guy Black as his victim. 'I'm never speaking to him again,' quipped Black ... Finally, word reaches Flack of a fun outing enjoyed by the Bell Pottinger Public Affairs team. Apparently, agency chair Peter Bingle took his whole team, including new recruit Tim Collins, to watch one of his all-time favourite shows. So, Flack wonders what the political consultants made of Priscilla Queen of The Desert.

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