After being paid millions by the Packer family empire since he quit federal Parliament in 1994, Labor Party fixer Graham Richardson yesterday admitted his long-term retainer came to an end about 12 months ago.

While much has been made of the warming relations between James Packer and Kerry Stokes, it clearly doesn’t extend to sharing the services of Richo because his departure from the Packer payroll coincided with the signing of a three-year deal with Channel Seven shortly before the 2010 federal election.