Major step for Scottish public affairs body

The Association for Scottish Public Affairs this week appointed a treasurer and four new members to its ruling committee. This came on the day the organisation unveiled a quality ’kite-mark’ to increase respect for Edinburgh’s lobbying industry and stave off attempts by the Scottish Parliament to regulate the sector.

The Association for Scottish Public Affairs this week appointed a

treasurer and four new members to its ruling committee. This came on the

day the organisation unveiled a quality ’kite-mark’ to increase respect

for Edinburgh’s lobbying industry and stave off attempts by the Scottish

Parliament to regulate the sector.



Recent unproven allegations that some employees of Beattie Media’s

public affairs arm peddled political influence for cash, led the agency

to close its lobbying unit (PR Week 1 October).



As PR Week went to press, a committee of MSPs was meeting to establish a

code of conduct for Holyrood parliamentarians. The committee is expected

to decide whether Scottish public affairs needs to be regulated by

statute.



Douglas Herbison of EU lobbyists Europe Analytica became treasurer at

ASPA’s AGM on Tuesday night. William Dinan of the Stirling Media

Research Institute, David Lutton of Glasgow-based Media House, Karen

Freel of BEL Consultants in Edinburgh and Adam Bruce of law firm

McGrigor Donald’s public affairs arm also joined the 12-strong

committee.



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