Bell Pottinger Trained Rebekah Brooks For Grilling

Having retained the global spinmeisters to handle her press, Guido got a tip-off yesterday that the flame-haired former News International CEO was spotted in Bell Pottinger’s Holborn offices on Tuesday.

There have been unconfirmed rumours that Lord Mandelson was advising Rebekah via Global Counsel on how to deal with tricky questions from politicians, but Bell Pottinger confirmed to Guido this morning that their “public affairs team prepared her for the process she would face at a select committee.” Perhaps they could have a word with James Murdoch about the best bit of advice for dealing with Select Committees – probably best to just tell the truth.

UPDATE: Guido’s spinning eyes and ears suggests the training was done by Bell Pottinger director Alex Deane. Cosily, Deane was Cameron’s former Chief of Staff. Apparently when Brooks arrived she demanded the lifts be cleared so she could be alone.

She might be spending rather longer in a small confined room soon.



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