AEEU threatens non-APPC firms with conference ban

The Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) is considering banning lobbying firms which are not members of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) from Labour Party conferences.

The Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) is

considering banning lobbying firms which are not members of the

Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) from Labour

Party conferences.



The trade union, Britain’s third largest, will decide in the next month

whether to put forward a motion at next autumn’s Labour conference in

favour of the ban.



The motion would exclude agencies including Bell Pottinger public

affairs, Lexington Communications and Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn from

attending the conference.



Government policy is formally debated and voted on at the Labour Party

conference and most major companies are represented.



A senior AEEU source said: ’We have a problem with non-APPC members who

do not have to register their interests being involved in Labour Party

consultations.’



Last month, the union sparked a parliamentary early day motion over the

appointment of LLM by electoral reform group Make Votes Count (PR Week,

7 May).



- LLM chief executive Paul Baverstock has asked his 14 consultants to

adhere to both the APPC code of conduct and the PRCA professional

charter.



The agency is planning to apply to the APPC and is not eligible for PRCA

membership until it is three years old.



Leader, p9.



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