Beattie scandal prompts rethink by Aberdeen CC

The controversy surrounding Beattie Media has prompted Aberdeen City Council to cancel plans to recruit an agency to lobby the Scottish Parliament.

The controversy surrounding Beattie Media has prompted Aberdeen

City Council to cancel plans to recruit an agency to lobby the Scottish

Parliament.



Aberdeen had advertised in May for either an individual or an agency to

act as its representative in Holyrood. The council received responses

from 18 agencies. But questions were raised in the parliament at the

time, with some MSPs arguing that taxpayers’ money should not be spent

on a lobbying firm.



Aberdeen last week wrote to the agencies who applied for the work to let

them know that their services would not be needed. The council is likely

to opt for hiring an individual in-house to lobby on its behalf.



Aberdeen’s principal publicity and promotions officer, Ray Gibson, said:

’After Beattie people are suspicious.’



- The Scottish Parliament’s Standards Committee questioned Beattie Media

consultants Alex Barr and Kevin Reid, and founder Gordon Beattie, last

Friday. The committee has asked to see Barr’s contacts book and for

further evidence from MSPs Jack McConnell, Henry McLeish, Jackie Baillie

and Kenny MacAskill.



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