Lucy Powell’s list of PR blunders reached epic proportions through the course of the election campaign, with the Labour campaign chief messing up several media appearances:
However, Mr S understands that one of her biggest cock-ups remained unknown until this weekend. Writing in the Sunday Times, Tanya Gold revealed that it was Powell who helped organise Russell Brand’s much mocked interview with Ed Miliband.
‘The deal was brokered by Lucy Powell, the now equally discredited vice-chairman of the election campaign, and Mr Eddie Izzard.’
The interview attracted ridicule from all sides, and since the election a parody video of the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which stars Brand, has been made about the duo’s short-lived love affair:
Of course, this is just one in a long line of publicity stunts Powell has been involved with that have gone wrong. Last month she claimed on the radio that Miliband’s 8ft stone ‘policy cenotaph’ listing all of Labour’s election promises didn’t mean that Miliband would keep his word:
Mr S suspects that it’s for the best that Powell hasn’t put herself up for the Labour leadership.