Flack: Seen in a different light

Lord Bell and Alan Parker may be giants of the PR industry, but one Labour MP claims the pair could soon be seen in a rather different light.

The London Evening Standard this week reported Labour MP John Grogan MP as warning: 'The likes of Lord Bell and Peter Bingle of Bell Pottinger, and Alan Parker of Brunswick, are in danger of becoming the Arthur Daleys of the public affairs industry if they hold out against the declaration of clients.' Ouch ...

Unity co-founder Gerry Hopkinson had a shock this week when he tried to sign into his usual conference call facility and ended up on the same line as rival agency Pretty Green. 'It turns out they use the same conference call facility and password. Anyway, I told them I knew their agency - cue lots of nervous laughter.' Very honourable, Gerry ...

The Liberal Democrats comms team was spotted making a schoolboy error this week - by none other than Craig Elder, online communities editor for the Conservative Party. On Twitter (of course), he declared: 'Never fails to amuse me when people write "Mingus Campbell". Especially when it's the Lib Dem press office' ...

The Tories, on the other hand, narrowly avoided a clanger when leader David Cameron visited a school in Lambeth. Flack hears that a copy of The World's Greatest Disasters had to be plucked from the bookshelf just before his big speech.

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