Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

- Alliance Boots has hired Pagoda PR to provide its first public affairs support in Scotland. The pharmacy business has 280 outlets in communities and high streets across Scotland. Pagoda will help Alliance Boots to build relationships with policy-makers and politicians as well as focusing on campaign development, monitoring and intelligence gathering in Scotland. The account will be led by Pagoda chairman Michael Hirst.

- Bell Pottinger Public Affairs has promoted Joe Phelan to the role of director. Phelan moves up from account director level, two years after joining from fellow Chime Communications agency Good Relations. In 2007, he featured in PRWeek's '29 under 29'.

- A House of Lords committee has said it will allow members of the public to submit their views via YouTube. The move by the House of Lords Information Committee heralds the first time submissions can be made to a parliamentary committee in a format other than the written word. This is a departure from the usual process of submitting evidence in which individuals and organisations provide written statements on the issue being investigated. The committee's People and Parliament inquiry is looking at how Parliament can do more to engage the public.

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