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Pole position

The Lansons Public Affairs party at the Labour conference almost provided Treasury Chief Secretary Stephen Timms (left) with a sore head but, strangely for an encounter with Lansons, it had nothing to do with too many glasses of champagne.

As Timms was leaving, he was so busy saying his goodbyes to the great and good of financial services that he almost smacked into a 10ft pole.

The Diary speculates over who would have come off worse in the collision but it probably would not have been the vertically-enhanced man from the Treasury.

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