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Strike up the Bland

Invesco Perpetual PR Jane Bland has fended off many a tricky press call and is a dab hand at playing gatekeeper for Henley’s resident investment guru Neil Woodford.

But even she has never before had to deal with an impatient CNBC news hack demanding an interview with Anthony Bolton. Between fits of laughter, Bland’s response to the sarcastic hack was: “I think there is perhaps one way that might just help you get an interview – try ringing the press office at Fidelity.”

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