Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Hanover has been handed a year-long public affairs account with Edexcel, the UK's largest qualifications awarding body.

APCO Worldwide has promoted UK MD Darren Murphy to global head of the agency's 'services to government' practices. Edward Walsh will succeed Murphy as MD of the firm's London office. Walsh joined APCO in 2006 as executive director, EMEA.

O2 is planning to hold 'chemistry sessions' with lobbying consultancies on 9-10 September as it presses ahead with plans to put its public affairs account out to pitch (PRWeek, 14 August). Bell Pottinger Public Affairs currently holds the retained account.

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs has been reappointed by National Grid, the largest utility company in the UK, as public affairs counsel. The agency has also hired Liz Lynch as a consultant. She was previously a researcher for shadow minister Baroness Verma.

Mencap has recruited an aide to Tory MP Nadine Dorries to the role of senior parliamentary officer. Peter Hand replaces Ruth Farrer-Langton, who has joined Portland PR as a senior account manager.

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