Tory lobbyist is behind Steve Hilton’s ‘Rasputin’ nickname

Many hacks covering the story of Tory strategy director Steve Hilton’s yobbish behaviour have used the same three word term to describe Dave’s image guru.

According to papers from the Telegraph to the Mirror, Hilton is a ‘pint sized Rasputin’.

But who coined the term? Step forward the fragrant Tara Hamilton-Miller, Weber Shandwick lobbyist and former Tory press handler.

Tara came up with the phrase when she featured in a BBC documentaryby Michael Cockerill that aired in December 2007.

In the same breath, she also described Hilton as ‘incredibly intelligent’.

Sadly, that bit seems to have been forgotten…

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