Flack: Rare victory for lobbyists

Flack hears of a rare victory for lobbyists over politicians and the media.

The scene was a charity political quiz, organised last week by eBay PR boss Vanessa Canzini to raise cash for Acton Homeless Concern. Sky News and Total Politics fielded a team of six, as did lobbying firms APCO Worldwide, Blue Rubicon, Hanover and Weber Shandwick. But all sides were comprehensively destroyed by clever clogs outfit Indigo Public Affairs, which Canzini reports were 'way out in front'. And they only had two people ...

Speed Communications MD Stephen Waddington had a surprising Easter. While driving to his 40th birthday party from his Northumberland farmhouse, he spotted a neighbour struggling with a ewe in the midst of lambing and stopped to lend a hand. Half an hour later Wadds turned up for lunch stinking like a farmyard. 'You can't get much more real than sticking your hands up the back end of a sheep,' he said. Ew ...

Spreckley Partners MD Richard Merrin had a rather less joyous surprise at the weekend when he featured in a Sunday Mirror article headlined 'Leading Tory lends £300-a-night rent boy cash for council tax'. Although there is no suggestion of wrongdoing, Merrin insists the story is a smear from a political rival, as he is standing for the Tories in the election ...

Finally, congrats to Max Clifford, who tied the knot with Jo Westwood over Easter. The star-studded wedding featured, er, Bobby Davro, Pauline Quirke and Des O'Connor.

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