According to an article in the Independent on Sunday the number one person besides Brown to know in the "Brown Camp" is the Director fo the Smith Institute, Wilf Stevenson. Apparently he is listed in the "Brown Book" of who people need to know to get things done.
The Brown Book also says of the Smith Institute that it is a "think-tank whose work often proves to be a forerunner of government policy. This is not by accident. The institute has the unique opportunity of running its seminars out of No 11 Downing Street."
More from the lobbyists Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and what looks like blatent Cash-for-Access here. No doubt Guido will have a take on this at some point today*.
* obviously today could mean tomorrow or in fact never.