Lobbyists line up to face selection as potential MPs

UK lobbyists are lining up to stand for Parliament at the next general election. Labour’s parliamentary panel, a list of almost 700 prospective candidates contains lobbyists working for a range of UK public affairs agencies, including APCO, Westminster Strategy (WS) and Profile.

UK lobbyists are lining up to stand for Parliament at the next

general election. Labour’s parliamentary panel, a list of almost 700

prospective candidates contains lobbyists working for a range of UK

public affairs agencies, including APCO, Westminster Strategy (WS) and

Profile.



APCO senior associate Ben Coleman, who stood unsuccessfully in 1997 for

the Broxbourne seat is on the list, as is WS account manager Howard

Dawber.



He hopes to be selected for the safe Labour seat of Ashton-under-Lyne,

following the retirement of Robert Sheldon. Profile account manager John

Lehal hopes to take over retiring Government minister Jeff Rooker’s

Perry Barr seat in central Birmingham. Gillian Kirk, LSA account manager

and an active party member, is also standing for selection.



An estimated 30 Labour MPs are standing down at the election which, when

added to the 200 opposition-held seats, should provide one in three of

the listed names with a chance to stand for Parliament.



Advocacy director Robin Squire is the Conservative candidate for

Hornchurch, a seat he held for 18 years until 1997.



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