Penna, the human resources consultancy, has appointed Andrew Cumpsty to the new role of head of public affairs. Cumpsty, leader of the Conservative Group on Reading Council, takes the role weeks after leaving Fleishman-Hillard - which he only joined as senior policy adviser last autumn.
Indigo Public Affairs has launched a free iPhone app providing a full breakdown of political control in councils across Great Britain. The app will be kept up-to-date by head of research David Boothroyd.
It is downloadable at bit.ly/councilmap
Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP, has called for new action to deal with the 'revolving door' between top officials in Whitehall and lobbying posts at big corporations. Speaking in the Commons last week, Carswell proposed 'restrictions beyond those already in place to ensure public procurement rip-offs cannot be brought through the revolving door'. Deputy PM Nick Clegg failed to support such action.