Diary: Getting a sore head start on the party season

Howell James, who recently founded strategic consultancy Brown Lloyd James, is facing a terrible dilemma.

Howell James, who recently founded strategic consultancy Brown

Lloyd James, is facing a terrible dilemma.



James, who was political adviser to John Major until he stepped down as

leader of the Conservative Party, will be one of those receiving

resignation honours from the Queen on 4 November.



Originally James had planned a small party for family, but the event

snowballed into a launch party for the new agency, and co-founders Sir

Nicholas Lloyd, former Daily Express editor, and Peter Brown, Lord

Lloyd-Webber’s US publicist, invited a whole host of celebrity

friends.



On the guest list are Lord Chadlington, Sir Tim Bell, his colleagues

Jonathan Hill (former political adviser to John Major) and Stephen

Sherbourne (Mrs Thatcher’s former political aide).



The party is now to be held at Christie’s auction house in St James, but

not, after all, on the night of the fourth.



The date clashed with Radio 4’s Today programme’s 40th birthday

party.



As this would have left guests having to choose between the two, the

date was moved to 3 November, leaving James with an agonising choice:

’Do I spend the whole night with a glass of fizzy water in my hand or go

to the palace with a blinding headache?’ It’s a hard life.



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