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Guido and pals back Peter Bingle in war with CCHQ

Tory lobbyist Peter Bingle annoyed a few folk at CCHQ the other day with his despairing email lambasting the ‘sheer hopelessness’ of the Tory election campaign.

As noted below, Conservative Party head of press Henry Macrory led the attack on the Bell Pottinger Public Affairs boss – with a sequence of eleven tweets poking fun at Bingle.

But, as the dust settles, it looks like prophet Bingle actually has plenty of admiring followers on the Tory right.

On Saturday, Guido Fawkes blogged that Bingle ‘has a point’. The sentiment was frequently reflected in Guido’s comment section:

johnny come lately: ‘Guido, good of you to point out that Peter Bingle is right. So he is.’

OneminusZero: ‘Bingle is fucking on the money, anyone who wants to see the Tories elected needs the wake-up call.’

Delbert Wilkins: ‘Nail on head. Couldn’t believe Henry Macrory went for him like that last night instead of adressing what Bingle had said – much of which was blatant to anyone with half a brain cell.’

With CCHQ briefing against him, Bingle will surely be grateful for the support. But not all of Guido’s people were worshipping at the feet of the Bell Pottinger lobbying chief. 

Bollocks to Bingle:  ‘The man would appear to be a foolish and arrogant arse who likes the sound of his own voice.’

Oh well, you can’t win em all, eh Peter?

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Peter Bingle versus the Tory machine

The Conservative Party has been on a mission to hang a certain Tory lobbyist out to dry tonight.

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chairman Peter Bingle appears to have made himself public enemy number one at CCHQ, as a result of this email, which he sent out to pals this morning.

The memo attacking the Tory election campaign as ‘shambolic’ made the second item on the Channel 4 News this evening. As well as laying in to Bingle on Twitter (head of press Henry Macrory has been leading the attacks), CCHQ put out a damning statement:

‘This is a lobbyist with his own agenda who has no understanding at all of what is going in Tory HQ.’

Ouch!

Of course, the latter part of this statement may not be entirely true – and not just because, over the years, the likeable and ‘never knowingly under lunched‘ Bingle has spent numerous hours in expensive restaurants with various Tories.

At Bell Pottinger, Bingle’s right-hand man is the former Tory cabinet minister (and before that party comms director) Tim Collins who surely does have a pretty good idea of what is happening in CCHQ. Until very recently, Bingle worked alongside Jonathan Caine who is now back in CCHQ working for the shadow Northern Ireland secretary. Bingle is also pretty close to his direct boss, Thatcher’s image guru Tim Bell…

Meanwhile, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, who broke the story, suggests that Bingle is on the money:

‘Peter Bingle’s email matters b/c it’s what MPs, peers and candidates are saying privately…have i touched a nerve with tory tweeters?!?’

Either way, despite the ferocious onslsught, the wounded Bingle is not defecting to Labour just yet.

Just after 8pm he tweeted: ‘Why is Henry McCrory being so horrible? There is no more committed Tory than me.’

Then, a bit later: ‘Being attacked by the party you love is a new experience. I continue to want David Cameron to be the next PM …’

FURTHER VIEWING: In the middle of last year’s Tory conference, Bingle appeared in this memorable Channel Four News package – and was introduced as ’the godfather of Tory lobbying’.

I don’t recall too many complaints from CCHQ back then…!

Lobbying agency boss faces the TV cameras

It had been a while since a public affairs agency boss made an appearance on a leading current affairs programme.

Certainly, it’s a good four months since Bell Pottinger lobbying chief Peter Bingle appeared in this memorable Channel Four News package – and was introduced by C4’s Cathy Newman as ‘the godfather of Tory lobbying’.

But the deadlock has finally been broken!

Sources close to my TV confirm that Insight Public Affairs MD John Lehal made a brief appearance on the Politics Show this weekend, talking about the agency’s latest analysis of prospective parliamentary candidates.

Rumours that former PPC John demanded to be introduced as  ‘the godfather of Labour lobbying’ have yet to be confirmed…

Lobbyists debate with the enemy

I’ve just written up a story for the magazine on last nights ‘clash of the lobbyists’ event hosted by the CIPR Government Affairs Group.

For those unfamiliar with this debate about the future of the lobbying industry, Foresight Consulting boss Mark Adams is leading the charge to get all lobbying firms voluntarily revealing their clients on a public register.

Peter Bingle heads up one of the UK’s biggest lobbying firms, Bell Pottinger, and is not so keen on the idea.

Despite the jovial mood last night, the two men remained at loggerheads over this key issue…

Meanwhile Guido Fawkes today launched his strongest assault yet on lobbyists, declaring today that:

‘Anyone involved in politics knows that lobbyists infest politics, lobbyists become politicians, politicians become lobbyists.  It is a sordid underhand, undemocratic trade practised out of sight of the voters and taxpayers….Lobbyists are covertly subverting democracy, it should be a criminal offence.’

That’ll be the same Guido Fawkes who is due to address the next CIPR Government Affairs Group meeting on 23 March.

Should be interesting…

Bell Pottinger lobbyist: ‘My dream of being prime minister’

Happy Birthday to Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chairman Peter Bingle, who has just turned 50.

Characteristically, ‘the Bing’ has marked the occasion by sending out some special musings to friends and colleagues. He writes: 

‘Reaching fifty inevitably involves a degree of retrospection about one’s life thus far. Fate has been good to me…. I have one of the best jobs in British politics – all the fun of being a politician with no Friday evening surgeries!’

And then, this bombshell:

‘I was once an ambitious young thing who wanted to be an MP and then PM’

Bingle for PM?! A lobbyist voted in to high office?  

Well, if David Cameron can do it…

Guess the lobbyist…

 

We’ve all tried, but few of us have timed it to such perfection. Can you name the grinning public affairs boss who enjoyed 3 seconds of Newsnight fame on Tuesday evening as Michael Crick was discussing George Osborne’s speech?

Rumours that he slowed down to a snail’s pace to maximise his airtime have yet to be denied…

Bell Pottinger lobbyist responds to furore over cancellation of Tory champagne reception

A mole gets in contact. Following the news that Bell Pottinger is cancelling its champagne reception at the Tory conference, the agency’s public affairs chairman Peter Bingle has sent a note to his team:

‘There is a different more sombre mood at Westminster. MPs now look over their collective shoulders. The old confidence and swagger has gone. The Palace of Westminster is a rather sad place….

 ‘Somehow the public’s trust in their elected representatives must be rebuilt. The next government is going to have to deal with the most enormous challenges. To be effective it will need to carry the public with it. To do that, politics must once again become important and relevant to the everyday lives of the public.

‘The public affairs world has its role to play in this process. When we do our job well we ensure proper dialogue between government and outside interests (commercial and non-commercial) which leads to better governance and good laws being passed. Our role is particularly important during times of change. We are sometimes attacked for what we do but most politicians understand our role and work well with us.  Friendships at Westminster are not and never have been beholden to one’s political party.

‘This year’s party conference season is going to be the most important since 1996. Political change is in the air but the air is sombre and serious. It is for that reason that we will not be holding our annual party. This year’s party conferences will be different and rightly so. We need to respect that.

‘At some stage in the future the political and public mood will change. It is important that it does so as there should always be room for fun in politics.’