Like Banner McBride, former GPC Market Access boss Mike Craven is
also unpacking crates this month. His recent lobbying start-up,
Lexington Communications, has moved from one prestigious address,
Berkeley Square, to an even more desirable area: Park Place, in the
heart of St James’s clubland.
And to think that only six months ago, Craven was slumming it in
Labour’s Millbank concrete towerblock headquarters, when he spent part
of the summer heading the party’s press operation.
The notoriously secretive Craven claims his office move is not related
to his expanding client list. ’The building we have just moved to was
being refurbished. We we were just squatting in the squalor of Berkeley
Square!’ he says.
Moving off the sensitive subject of his client list, Craven lightens up.
’I can see the entrance to Le Caprice from my window,’ he joshes,
referring to the Ivy’s more exclusive sister restaurant.
The words ’champagne’ and ’socialism’ spring to mind.