The Week in Lobbying

- Fiona Mason, FD's former public affairs MD, is to resurface at Mandate Communications. As revealed last week on prweek.com (6 February), Mason has been appointed as MD of the agency's public affairs operation, leading a 25-strong team. She starts in June and will take over from Gavin Devine, who has been promoted to chief operating officer.

- Tangent One, the Labour Party's digital agency, has hired Paul Simpson, head of public affairs at the Britain Israel Communication and Research Centre (Bicom), as a director. Before joining Bicom, Simpson was Labour's head of corporate comms. He will oversee the agency's work with Labour.

- ScottishPower has signed up Tom Williamson, previously deputy director of the Conservative Party's parliamentary resource unit, to a new London-based role of government affairs manager.

- The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency (ALT) has said a full-page ad that appeared in The Times last week was funded by member organisation 'Enough's Enough'. Last week PRWeek reported that the ALT declined to say who funded the ad. However, Enough's Enough's website says only that the organisation is 'funded through voluntary donations by its members'.

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