Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lib Dems stitched me up, says lobbying chief

Last summer, I blogged about the numerous Lib Dems taking up jobs in lobbying, as the Cowley Street HQ adjusted to life without £1.75m of short money.

Like any good boss, it seems that Lib Dem chief exec Chris Fox made a concerted effort to find work for his people – if not in Cowley Street, then in the world of lobbying.

But, less than a year on, I hear that not all of the Lib Dem lobbying placements have been an enormous success.  Or as one public affairs agency boss put it:

‘Chris Fox stitched me up.’

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Cameron rebuked by civil service chief. But what happened next?

My exclusive about Gus O’Donnell writing to David Cameron about the behaviour of Tory spads has prompted action from Labour.

I revealed today that the Cabinet Secrtary Sir Gus O’Donnell was furious when,  in late 2010, The Times quoted a source describing a senior civil servant, Jenny Watson, as ‘incompetent’.

He was so furious that he wrote a strongly worded letter to the PM urging him to restrain his aides.

Now Caroline Flint is demanding to know:

• Has any internal disciplinary action been taken against the person or persons responsible for these comments?

A good question…