Public Affairs

US Surveillance Controversy Underlines Importance of Corporate Foreign Policy

Andrew Hammond | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

For those firms which misstep, fallout can be very damaging, both for the financial bottom-line and reputationally. However, for those which are pro-active and invest in their capability, the prizes -- both in terms of mitigating risk and seizing opportunity -- are potentially ever more significant.

The Lobbying Bill Is Unfair and Unfit for Purpose

Francis Ingham | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

Yesterday, the Government announced the fruits of three years of hard labour - its Transparency of Lobbying Bill. To say that it was received with rapturous applause would be a downright lie. It was received instead with a significant degree of disappointment from a surprisingly wide range of people and organisations. For those to whom lobbying is not an obsession (i.e. almost everybody), let me summarise the myths and the reality.

Lobbyists Register: Make It Meaningful or Don't Bother

Gavin Devine | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Nearly a week has passed since the latest 'lobbying scandal' broke; and it's taken that long for my bile to subside. Not that I'm feeling particularly bilious about the alleged miscreants. No, what made me most nauseous was the cynical response of our political masters.

Lobbyist Register Could 'Break European Human Rights Law'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The government's planned statuary register of lobbyists, announced in the wake of the latest cash for questions scandal, could breach lobbyists human ...

This 'Lobbying' Scandal is About the Standards of Parliamentarians - Nobody Else

Francis Ingham | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

The craziness of the last few days has been remarkable. The media pose as lobbyists. A gaggle of MPs appear to break Parliament's own rules. They do so on camera. And the result? Politicians call for the urgent regulation of lobbyists. Lobbyists. Not politicians - lobbyists.

Queen's Speech Was Another Wasted Opportunity on Lobbying

Francis Ingham | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

The Queen's speech was yet another wasted opportunity for the Government to make up its mind on a statutory register of lobbyists. For the past three years, this Government has told us that a register is both essential and imminent. And for the past three years, it has failed to take any of the many opportunities open to it to introduce such a register.

Unfettered Access to Parliament for Lobbyists Is Chipping Away at Public Confidence in Our Industry

Michael Burrell | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Burrell

We recently learned that more than 100 lobbying professionals hold passes giving them access to the whole of the Parliamentary estate.

Everything You Do or Say is Public Relations

Katy Campbell | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK
Katy Campbell

Right, I can't remember the last time I 'socialised' for my job, 80% of my time is at my desk, 20% is with my clients. As much as I would love to spend my time having liquid lunches and calling everyone 'Sweetie Darling' like Eddie, sadly - this does not happen!

Ned Simons

Lobbyist Register Should Be Scrapped, Say MPs

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Politics

The government to scrap its plans to introduce a statutory register of lobbyists, MPs have said. In a report published this morning, the political ...

'Gross Failure': The Government 'Efficiency' Drive That Wasted Hundreds Of Millions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics

A massive seven-year government programme meant to increase efficiency has cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds, a public spending watchdo...

When is a 'Lobbying Scandal' not a Lobbying Scandal?

Gill Morris | Posted 18.12.2011 | UK Politics
Gill Morris

The Fox affair yet again demonstrates the media's inability to ascertain what is, and what is not, a 'lobbying scandal'. It also demonstrates a peculiar and irritating habit of putting the lobbying industry in the frame rather than seeing when it is the lobbied - not the lobbyists - that need to pull their socks up.

Lobbying Industry In The Spotlight Following Liam Fox's Resignation

Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics

Downing Street has said it has no plans to rush through legislation to introduce new rules on transparency in the lobbying industry despite the Liam F...

Labour Conference - Silence is Golden?

Gill Morris | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Gill Morris

Last year's Labour Party Conference was defined by an exciting leadership election and a surprise victory for Ed Miliband. What has been a pretty mediocre year, however, for Labour will leave many to conclude that this year's gathering will be something of a damp squib.

Conservatives Battle to Take Charge

Nick Williams | Posted 09.10.2011 | UK Politics
Nick Williams

Cameron needs to take charge and communicate a concrete action plan to stop the rioting. He was effective outside Downing Street earlier and is good in these situations. But if he does not come up with a plan, and anger grows at the delay in a co-ordinated Government response, then this will be a turning point in his Premiership.