DIARY: Lobbyist turns over a new political leaf

MPs looking for somewhere to spend their massive pay rise will be glad to learn of lobbyist Iain Dale’s latest project.

MPs looking for somewhere to spend their massive pay rise will be glad

to learn of lobbyist Iain Dale’s latest project.



For Dale has now left The Waterfront Partnership, the lobbying firm he

co-founded with Nicholas Finney in 1990, and is planning to open a

political bookshop and coffee house within walking distance of

Parliament.



‘It will be a place for plotting and intrigue,’ says Dale who knows a

thing or two about such things as a former public affairs manager for

the British Ports Federation and part of the team which broke the Dock

Labour Scheme.



Dale, who left the agency in May, is currently negotiating a lease on a

site opposite Westminster Abbey and hopes to open the bookshop - to be

called Politico’s - in mid-October.



According to the amiable Mr Dale, the shop will sell political

literature, memorabilia and what he describes as ‘election kitsch’,

along with sandwiches and coffee. Only one problem - Dale doesn’t drink

coffee.



Ah well, I’m sure he never repaired ships either Edited by Rebecca

Dowman



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