Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Michael Meacher, the Labour MP, has tabled a parliamentary motion on lobbying.

Early Day Motion 2261 states: 'This house ... notes that ministers had over 1,500 meetings with corporate representatives in the first 10 months of the coalition; and calls on the Government to require that all ministerial meetings with lobbyists are logged on an open public register, including the topics discussed at those meetings, the organisation that the lobbyists represent and who ultimately funds them.'

Lansons head of public affairs Mark Adams has set up a new blog aimed at defending the public affairs industry. It can be found at standup4lobbying.wordpress.com.

Interel consultant Graham Hook has been appointed as a special adviser to new Transport Secretary Justine Greening. Before joining Interel in 2010, Hook was a director in the Conservative Party's research department. Greening has also hired Conservative Party press officer Victoria Crawford.

Vodafone has hired Aleyne Johnson as senior government affairs manager, reporting to head of public affairs Paul Morris. Johnson joins from rival operator Everything Everywhere, where he led the Orange brand's public affairs.

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