Pints in Putney: Newscorp, Giles Wilkes and the Hargreaves IP review

update 30/05/2012. Thought I’d better do due diligence and check BIS transparency page   for “BIS special advisers- senior media meetings, July-September 2011”  No declaration for Giles Wilkes.  Maybe Benjamin King and David Fares from News International were wearing IP hats that day and didn’t count as senior media?  

 

Following from my earlier post about the Frederic Michel “- could be dangerous” ,email to Adam Smith just before the publication of the Hargreaves IP Review   here is the thread between Michel and Giles Wilkes, special political adviser to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business,Innovation and Skills.  My comments and as(n)ides in italics as usual.

FM6 = Evidence to Leveson Enquiry  24th May Exhibit FM6

http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Exhibit-FM6.pdf   (16.9Mb)

Prologue: A pub in Putney- enter Giles ,a sweaty man.

FM6 p 285  Michel to Wilkes

To:Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN) (giles.wilkes@[]

From: Michel, Frederic

Sent: Thur 16/06/2011 10:23:13 AM

Subject: Catch-up

Shall we try to have that pint in Putney soon?

Fred

FM6 p291 Wilkes to Michel

To:Michel, Frederic[fmichel ,@[]

From:Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)

Sent:Mon 20/06/2011 12:46:06 PM

Subject: RE: Catch-up

We should. Not sure when. Difficult. When I get a moment off in the evening I try to jog. After that, you would not find my company congenial.

But could grab a drink earlier in the evening in Westminster some time?

From: Michel, Frederic [mailto:fmichel

Sent: 16 June 2011 11:23 I

To: Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)

Subject: Catch-up

Shall we try to have that pint in Putney soon?

Fred

Act1: somewhere in woods of Whitehall between two trees an intriguing  web is spun. But who will be spider and who  fly?

FM6 p293 Michel to Wilkes

To:Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN) (giles.wilkes[]

From:Michel, Frederic

Sent:Wed 22/06/2011 1:06:06 PM

Subject:Hargreaves IP review

Hi

Both Hargreaves and DCMS suggested we come see you to discuss the Hargreaves review,ahead of the publication of the Government’s views.

Could I come see you for 30/45 minutes with some colleagues to go through top-line views in the coming days?

That would be very helpful,

Warm regards

Fred

Note: “Hargreaves” here might not be Professor Ian Hargreaves himself. Michel habitually referred to teams etc as personified by their leader – e.g. the notorious references to “JH” in the Adam Smith/Michel , Leveson Inquiry, emails

FM6 p294 Wilkes to Michel

To:Michel, Frederic[fmichel~

Cc:SPAD MPST[MPST.SPAD@[]

From:Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)

Sent:Wed 22/06/2011 1:30:50 PM

Subject:RE: Hargreaves IP review

Sure.

Please arrange with[~]who is cc’ed here

G

From: Michel, Frederic [mailto:fmichel@[

Sent: 22 June 2011 14:06

To: Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)

Subject; Hargreaves IP review

Importance= High

Hi

Both Hargreaves and DCMS suggested we come see you to discuss the Hargreaves review, ahead of the publication of the Government’s views.

Could I come see you for 30/45 minutes with some colleagues to go through topline

views in the coming days?

That would be very helpful,

Warm regards

Fred

Note: “Cc:SPAD MPST[MPST.SPAD[]” who will arrange meeting. Don’t know who this might be but following BIS briefing note template might give some clues.  

FM6 p297 Michel to Wilkes

To: Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)’[]

Cc:SPAD MPST[MPST.SPAD[]

From:Michel, Frederic

Sent:Wed 22/06/2011 1:32:57 PM

Subject:RE: Hargreaves IP review

Great, Thanks.

Philippa will liaise with~

Fred.

Act 2: Our players meet, but to what end- plot or fair treaty?

FM6 p339 Michel to Wilkes

To:’Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)[]

Cc:Philippa[], King, Benjamin[]

From:Michel, Frederic

Sent:Sun 03/07/2011 6:45:58 PM

Subject: Our meeting tomorrow

Giles,

Hope all is well.

Unfortunately I can’t make the meeting tomorrow morning but my colleagues from News International [Benjamin King] and from our US team [ David Fares] will pop in to update you on our views re-Hargreaves review ahead of the Government’s response at the end of the month, and also discuss the next steps.

Benjamin has been leading our submission and David works with the studios and other US business units.

Let’s make sure we can get together soon.

Philippa will liaise with ~ tomorrow and fix a breakfast or evening in Putney.

Warm regards

Frederic.

Frederic Michel

Director, Public Affairs, Europe

News Corporation

Act 3. Fond adieus. Plot or fair treaty, who shall ever know?

FM6 p342 Wilkes to Michel

To: Michel, Frederic

Cc: Philippa [],King, Benjamin[]

From: Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)

Sent: Mon 0410712011 1:28:21 PM

Subject: RE: Our meeting tomorrow

It was a very useful meeting, so thanks to all concerned. This is a complex area and every conversation helps to fill in blanks

G

From: Michel, Frederic

Sent: 03 July 2011 19:g6

To: Wilkes Giles (MPST MIN)

Cc: Philippa; King, Benjamin

Subject: Our meeting tomorrow

Importance: High

Giles,

Hope all is well.

Unfortunately I can’t make the meeting tomonow morning but my colleagues from News International [ Benjamin King] and from our US team [ David Fares] will pop in

to update you on our views re-Hargreaves review ahead of the Government’s response at the end of the month, and also discuss -the next steps.

Benjamin has been leading our submission and David works with the studios and other US business units.

Let’s make sure we can get together soon.

Philippa will liaise with ~ tomorrow and fix a breakfast or evening in Putney.

Warm regards

Frederic.

Frederic Michel

Director, Public Affairs, Europe

News Corporation

 

FM6 p354 From David Fares to Giles Wilkes, Benjamin King

To: King, Benjamin[] Giles Wilkes[]

Cc: Michel, Frederic[]

From: Fares, David

Sent: Tue 05/07/2011 5:13:09 AM

Subject: RE: News Corp meeting

Giles,

It was a pleasure meeting you, thanks indeed for your time.

Best regards,

David

From: King, Benjamin

Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 12:50 PM

To: Giles Wilkes

Cc: Michel, Frederic ( NewsInt ); Fares, David

Subject: News Corp meeting

Dear Giles

Thanks again for taking the time to meet with us today – it was much appreciated. Attached a brief summary of our thoughts on Ian Hargreaves’ proposals, which may be of interest. If there’s way we can assist ahead of or around publication of the Government response, do get in touch.

Best wishes

Benjamin

Benjamin King

Public Affairs Manager

News International Limited

3 Thomas More Square

London E98 IEX

The end.

One question. Were other parties with an interest in the Hargreaves Review, e.g. Open Rights Group etc, also popping in to see  Giles Wilkes and ??  before the government response to the Review was published at the beginning of August 2011.  Let’s hope so, otherwise it might appear that News Corp had, as Monica Horten wrote,  “privileged access to British policy making on intellectual property

 

For my next post I’ll continue with News Corp interest in the government response to Hargreaves and the Adam Smith/Michel emails. As a taster:

To:adamsmith [] From:Michel, Frederic Sent:Fri 01/07/2011 10:47:39 AM Subject:Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

To:Michel, Frederic From:Adam Smith Sent:Fri 01/07/2011 10:49:17 AM Subject:Re: Are you sending me draft of Hargreaves response?

not yet. we’re trying to change it so much it won’t be worth it

Further reading: 

Background for  Giles Wilkes can be found here.  More information about other  links between the Lib Dems and Michel can be found at

1) Liberal Democrats’ ties with Murdoch aides revealed to Leveson inquiry

2) Clegg adviser helped Murdoch and Michel seek easy win

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