Charter 88 offers wide brief to new campaigns chief

Electoral reform pressure group Charter 88 has appointed a new head of campaigns to replace Greg Power, who left in the summer.

Electoral reform pressure group Charter 88 has appointed a new head

of campaigns to replace Greg Power, who left in the summer.



Christopher Lawrence-Pietroni will take control of the campaigns unit in

the new year.



Reporting to director Pam Giddy, he will manage a team of five and

oversee the press office, the parliamentary unit and the education and

campaign desks.



Charter 88 uses no PR agency and, although Power left for the Hansard

Society in August, no one suitable applied when the job was first

advertised.



Lawrence-Pietroni has been parliamentary liaison officer for the charity

Church Action on Poverty (CAP) for the past two-and-a-half years. Before

that he was an account executive at agency Political Planning

Services.



Although the role has not changed since Power left, the group has been

restructuring its priorities to deal with recent constitutional

changes.



The reform of the House of Lords, the implementation of devolution in

Scotland, and Wales, and now the progress towards devolution in Northern

Ireland have robbed the campaign group of many of its most cherished

causes.



In August, Giddy made clear the organisation’s role would expand to try

and bring into the public arena such issues as proportional

representation for local council elections and guaranteeing an elected

upper chamber after the government’s stop-gap measure of abolishing the

voting rights of hereditary peers.



Lawrence-Pietroni says he also wants to raise the profile of issues such

as food standards, poverty and access to education, ’to show clearly

that constitutional change is important if it makes a difference to

people’s lives’.



His role at CAP has not yet been filled, but an interim appointment will

probably be made until fresh interviews can be held in the new year.



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