27/09/2010

A question for Chris Bryant

Q to Chris Bryant MP for Rhondda 

Who's paying for the dinner at Labour Conf that he's sponsoring
 The MoD has poured in £millions to try and save the project since Sodexo took over, even though PFI was supposed to bear the preparation costs and risks.


The latest edition of Private Eye report on the defence academy PR campaign in the run up to the party conferences:

The public relations operation behind the controversial plan to privatise military training under a £14bn. 30-year PFI deal at a new defence academy in South Wales (Eyes passim) is being ratcheted up, ready for the schmooze-fest that is the party conference season.
The Metrix consortium, which is lined up for the contract, has hired another PR agency, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, to help exisiting adviser Bell Pottinger (see Eye 1268) convince the government to go ahead with a deal that is already behind schedule and whose costs have escalated by around £3bn before anything has been signed.
Citigate is busy preparing guest lists for dinners to be hosted at all the party conferences, and has been in “continual contact” with Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams and Labour MP for Rhonda Chris Bryant and his Tory neighbour in the Vale of Glamorgan Alun Cairns, in whose constituency the academy will be sited.
Then, on 21st of this month, there’s a “David Cameron black tie dinner” at the Dorchester, for which the PR men must “prepare key messages in advance” and “ensure liaison with Bell Pottinger and PM’s office”.
  • The full article can be viewed here.

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