Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The Times has reported that senior Conservative Party sources have expressed 'unease over how former party advisers have moved into lobbying before the election'.

The paper also spoke to a number of Tory PPCs in lobbying for a major investigation last week. Weber Shandwick's Priti Patel and Portland's George Eustice were among those to provide details of their roles. But Fleishman-Hillard's Chris Heaton-Harris was said to have failed to return the newspaper's calls and Oliver Colville, who runs his own lobbying shop, was reportedly 'too busy to talk'.

Portland has signed up Conservative Party heavyweight Michael Portillo to join a new 'advisory council'. As first revealed on prweek.com (25 September), the former shadow cabinet member will provide strategic advice to the agency's senior management team. Also on the advisory council is Chris Powell, founder and former chairman of DDB advertising agency.

Fishburn Hedges has been reappointed by ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council for the construction industry, following a competitive pitch. Fishburn fought off competition from four other agencies to keep hold of the retained account, which it has had since 2004.

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