Study shows MPs ‘distrust’ PA firms

Politicians harbour a worrying distrust towards public affairs agencies, putting them on par with builders and journalists.

Only tobacco firms and estate agents are trusted less by them, according to a survey of 100 MPs.

Research company BPRI’s report, ‘MPs & Industry: Knowledge, Communications and Trust’, found that 57 per cent do not trust PA firms.

The most trusted groups are teachers, police, doctors, charities and people classified as working in the radio and leisure industries.

Labour MPs were on the whole the least trusting towards PA agencies with 60 per cent expressing distrust, compared to 52 per cent of Conservative MPs, 45 per cent of whom said they trusted them ‘a little’.

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