Pringle quits SNP for Scottish Gas

The Scottish Nationalist Party’s (SNP) Westminster head of media relations Kevin Pringle is quitting after ten years to bolster Scottish Gas’s public affairs efforts in Edinburgh.

Pringle joins the Centrica-owned company on 14 June as senior PR manager with a brief to cover media relations, corporate social responsibility and public affairs.

‘Scottish Gas takes a lead in energy conservation issues and works closely with stakeholders,’ said Pringle. ‘It has done a lot of CSR work in partnership with organisations such as Help the Aged and the NUS.’

Scottish Gas’s new Edinburgh headquarters has been designed as a state-of-the-art energy-efficient building.

Pringle will report to Scottish Gas corporate affairs manager Hamish McPherson, who said: ‘We deal with a range of audiences and issues and I believe Kevin will add a fresh perspective to our corporate affairs activity.’

The SNP is in the process of recruiting Pringle’s replacement. Prior to his Westminster brief, Pringle was the party’s director of comms, a role occupied by Colin McAllister.

Scottish Gas came in for stinging criticism from consumer group Energywatch Scotland in the run-up to Christmas over its decision to raise prices by 5.9 per cent. Centrica has warned that emissions regulations may push prices up further.

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