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Guess who’s doing Gillian Duffy’s PR?

Clue: there’s a Thatcher connection.

The woman at the centre of Bigotgate, who inadvertently made Gordon Brown's life a misery yesterday, is being represented by the public relations firm Bell Pottinger.

A call to the PR agency's London offices confirms the news that Gillian Duffy is its latest client.

The "Bell" in Bell Pottinger is Lord Bell, Mrs Thatcher's one-time PR chief. We're assured that Lord Bell is very "hands-off" these days, but an intriguing link nonetheless.

My source, with impeccable connections to the industry, says Mrs Duffy's daughter works for a law firm that is already a client of Bell Pottinger North.

Of Brown's nemesis, the source adds: "Personally, I wonder who's paying the bills, because Bell Pottinger don't come cheap."

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