Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

A Guardian investigation has found that 283 of 450 all-party parliamentary groups receive financial support from corporations and outside interest groups, with more than £1.6m handed over in the last year.

The CIPR's Keith Johnston warned the groups should be careful to disclose who administers and funds them. 'So long as they do this ... they are a useful way of connecting the MPs with the charities, industries and interest groups whose issues they seek to raise.'

Insight Public Affairs has won a six-way pitch to provide the first retained public affairs support to Partnership, a UK insurer specialising in the design and manufacture of financial products for people with medical conditions.

Westminster Advisers has been handed a comms and public affairs brief by the Fairpoint Group, a consumer financial services business focused on responsible financial management. The group did not previously use a public affairs agency.

Hill & Knowlton International Belgium has announced the appointment of Ann Becker as director on the EU Public Affairs team. Becker was previously the Brussels Permanent Representative for French media group Lagardere SCA.

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