Diary: Talk Radio could reunite old sparring partners Draper and Byrne

After years of friendly political sparring, Derek Draper, famously formerly of GPC and Colin Byrne, managing director of Shandwick Public Affairs, may be about to be brought together courtesy of one time Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie.

After years of friendly political sparring, Derek Draper, famously

formerly of GPC and Colin Byrne, managing director of Shandwick Public

Affairs, may be about to be brought together courtesy of one time Sun

editor Kelvin MacKenzie.



The ubiquitous ex-GPC consultant has apparently been doing the political

party circuit telling all and sundry about his hopes for a contract with

Talk Radio.



By pure coincidence, the TalkCo consortium headed by MacKenzie last week

made a significant step towards acquiring CLT-UFA, the group which owns

the station once famous for its shock-jocks, and the lobbying behind

MacKenzie’s bid has come courtesy of Byrne.



Despite having shared a boss - minister without portfolio Peter

Mandelson - Draper and Byrne have more often than not found themselves

on opposite sides of political divides. ’I knew Derek when he was 16 and

was running the student campaign for Roy Hattersley to lead the Labour

party and I was running the campaign for Neil Kinnock,’ Byrne tells

me.



When asked whether he would be going to Talk Radio, Draper said: ’I am

talking to a couple of stations. A spokesperson for the station said:

’I’m not aware of us employing Derek Draper.’



Draper’s Observer experience obviously hasn’t chastened him then.



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