The Government attempted to distance itself from lobbying firms
after the ’lobbygate’ episode but it seems that public affairs companies
are still scrambling for access.
News reaches me that firms are desperately vying for the best rooms for
this year’s Labour Party conference in Blackpool. Any agency worth its
fees books up the best hotel rooms well in advance which is precisely
what GPC did. However, it is accusing one of its rivals, Bell Pottinger
Political, of underbooking and having to beg for spares.
Bell Pottinger Political’s managing director Kevin Bell tells me this
was not the case: ’A certain lobbying company had loads of rooms spare
because it has lost a lot of staff and was ringing around trying to get
rid of them,’ he says.
Bell then cheekily added: ’They must have had all these suites booked
for Derek Draper. We might take them. We’re more than happy to
GPC managing director John Dickie tells me that Bell is wide of the
’We’ve got a lot of rooms on our books for lots of clients. If we lost
five people it would be a drop in the ocean.’
Come on lads, sort things out or we’ll be stumbling over lobbyists
sleeping rough on the pleasure beach.