Souter’s agency joins Scots bid to retain Clause 28

Media House, the Scottish PR and public affairs agency, has been appointed on pounds 100,000 fees to publicise Keep the Clause, the campaign aimed at preventing the scrapping of Clause 28, which bans the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

Media House, the Scottish PR and public affairs agency, has been

appointed on pounds 100,000 fees to publicise Keep the Clause, the

campaign aimed at preventing the scrapping of Clause 28, which bans the

promotion of homosexuality in schools.



The work is an extension of the publicist role Media House plays for the

campaign’s main backer, Stagecoach millionaire Brian Souter. It also

coincides with the agency winning the PR account for the Scottish School

Board Association, which represents 2,400 of Scotland’s 3,000

schools.



The four-strong team appointed to work on the pounds 1million campaign,

will be headed by Media House chairman Jack Irvine and chief executive

David Macaulay. The team launched Keep the Clause at a press conference

in Edinburgh on 18 January and will remain involved for the next three

months.



The work involves media relations and co-ordinating radio and TV

interviews, as well as ’presenting a united front’ of business leaders,

churchmen and community figures.



Clause 28 was inserted into the 1988 Local Government Act, but is being

scrapped by the government on the grounds that it is discriminatory and

prevents teachers from dealing with homosexual bullying in school. The

separation of education systems between Scotland and the rest of the UK

means that Scottish schools can opt to maintain the ban.



What the Papers Say, p6.



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