Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mum's the Word as Premier Boss Sung for His Supper; @City_Spy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mum's the Word as Premier Boss Sung for His Supper; @City_Spy

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THE Delaunay in Aldwych last night was the setting for a last supper of sorts. Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby hosted a dinner for hacks ahead of today's fiery AGM, where he successfully faced down calls from an investor to oust him.

Over citrus cured salmon tartare, our Gav explained how he plans to grow the business, brushing off the acidic attacks on his abilities.

He's managed to get retail heavyweights Mark Price and Lord MacLaurin in his corner but Spy spotted the most important vote of confidence: Darby's mum texted to wish him good luck.

IT ISN'T just investors the man behind the Mr Kipling cakes empire has on his mind. Darby is walking his eldest daughter down the aisle this Friday, with a wedding rehearsal dinner tomorrow. He says in exhausted tones that it's a "quite a week". Indeed.

BANK of England Governor Mark Carney -- often labelled the "unreliable boyfriend" for his toing and froing on rates -- doesn't have the best record on communications so Threadneedle Street has plainly come up with a new strategy: if the markets can't hear him, they can't get their wires crossed.

An away day to Farnborough for the Treasury Select Committee and the Bank to discuss its Financial Stability Report always looked a bit strange on paper. Inevitably the YouTube feed collapsed within half an hour of badly buffered, audio-only coverage.

Still, at least frustrated viewers were treated to the chat comments of day traders watching the Governor, labelling the whole thing a "nightmare" and a "joke". Spy's favourite was: "Give up. Better go watch porn."

M&A really is like dating: after TalkTalk's PS175 million sale of one of its arms to tech firm Daisy failed, Spy asked TalkTalk's chief executive Tristia Harrison whether any other dalliances were on the horizon. …

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