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Having bonded the City desk of the Daily Telegraph, Lucy Parker has now turned her attention to her brother's public relations outfit. Last Sunday the human resources consultant put Alan Parker and his Brunswick agency through some soul-searching at London's Basil Hotel - doubtless to get them drawing on inner reserves for the long defence of their besieged client, Forte.

Is the Basil a Forte hotel? "All the Forte hotels were full,'' is the official line.