The Week in Lobbying

The Association of Retirement Community Operators has launched a joint public affairs and PR brief. The brief suggests that ARCO will spend a total of £60,000 on public affairs and PR in its first year of operation, running from September to August 2013.

Andrew Mitchell, the chief whip, is understood to have been advised by Henry Macrory, the former Tory comms adviser, after allegedly swearing and calling police officers 'plebs' last Wednesday. Macrory left his role in May and has since been advising the party in an informal capacity.

The Association for Scottish Public Affairs has appointed Lindsay Scott as its new convener. Scott is comms and campaigns manager for Age Scotland. The body was established in 1998 by public affairs and policy practitioners in Scotland. Scott said he is looking forward to representing the Scottish public affairs industry 'at a time when we are looking at the prospects of further transfer of powers from Westminster to Holyrood'.

East Coast Mainline has recruited Mark Ramsden as public affairs manager. He joins from Asda, where he held the same job title. Ramsden had formerly worked as a research assistant to Nick Clegg and as a congressional assistant in the US Congress.

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