DIARY: Beattie puts Campbell in his collection with a £10k Hutton Report

What with the blanket coverage of the fallout from the Hutton Report, the column-inch-obsessed Trevor Beattie, the creative supremo at TBWA\London, has been suffering from a severe case of lack of limelight recently.

Never one to be sidelined, Beattie last week saw his opportunity to jump on the Hutton bandwagon - for a cool £10,000. His opportunity came during a party held by Alastair Campbell to launch his involvement in the Michelob Ultra London Triathlon.

The party, at the Park Lane Hilton, included an auction to raise money for leukaemia research. Beattie, in a fit of altruism, stumped up £10,000 for Campbell's signed copy of the report.

The ensuing media coverage was, however, not perhaps as Beattie would have liked. In an article in the Daily Mail he is described as the "millionaire advertising boss Trevor Beattie, 56, who ran Labour's 2001 election advertising campaign".

Given his shock of black locks, there must be a mountain of Just for Men stashed at TBWA Towers to maintain his youthful appearance. Either that or he was telling porkies in his entry in Campaign's A List, which puts him at a relatively youthful 45.

Beattie, renowned for his penchant for snapping up memorabilia, will be able to add the report to his stash of astounding collectibles including, reportedly, a signed pair of Muhammad Ali's gloves. It is less clear how his latest purchase fits in with his involvement with a girl band called The Hussies. Care to shed any light on that one, Trev?


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