Beattie under fire over Scottish Secretary link

The Scottish Parliament is to investigate the Observer’s allegations about Beattie media and its consultant Kevin Reid, son of the Scottish Secretary of State John Reid.

The Scottish Parliament is to investigate the Observer’s

allegations about Beattie media and its consultant Kevin Reid, son of

the Scottish Secretary of State John Reid.



The parliament’s standards committee will meet next Tuesday to discuss

the Observer’s allegations that Beattie was profiting from its contacts

with Scottish politicians.



Julia Clarke, CEO of lobbying outfit Holyrood Strategy and executive

member of the Association for Scottish Public Affairs (ASPA), said the

trade association would decide on Monday whether to hold its own

investigation.



Westminster public affairs outfit APCO has suspended its affiliation

with Beattie, pending the outcome of its own investigations.



In a statement APCO said: ’APCO is a member of the Association of

Professional Political Consultants, whose code of conduct is the

strictest in public affairs.’ The code states that political consultants

should not make ’misleading, exaggerated or extravagant’ claims to

clients about their access to politicians.



Earlier this summer APCO severed relations with Dublin agency Dillon

Consultants when after the consultancy had formally registered Irish

Prime Minister Bertie Ahern’s political adviser Paddy Duffy as a

non-executive director.



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