Diary: Industry bodies lobby for the GLA lobbyists

It was refreshing to see the PR industry put aside its differences and work together for the common good.

It was refreshing to see the PR industry put aside its differences

and work together for the common good.



This refers, of course, to the work done by the PRCA and the APPC to

ensure that good sense prevailed with regard to London Mayor Ken

Livingstone’s ban on lobbyists in the GLA headquarters.



The two organisations joined together to write a letter to Ken, and to

the Committee on Standards in Public Life commissioner Lord Neill,

expressing how ’deeply troubled’ they were at the suggestion to ban

lobbyist staff.



Last week it emerged that this proposal had indeed been abandoned. Simon

Nayyar, chairman of the PRCA Public Affairs Committee told the Diary

that what was ’plainly a nonsense’ has been righted.



’We are delighted to hear that he recognises that it would be illogical

and improper to seek to treat lobbysists differently from every other

class of individual or organisation,’ he says.



He goes on to say that while Lord Neill was quick to respond to the

letter, the PRCA and APPC are yet to hear from Ken on the matter.



Nonetheless, Nayyar adds ’we are looking forward to working with the

GLA’.



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