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
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
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.