Faulkner leaves lobbying for his seat in the Lords

Citigate Westminster deputy chairman Richard Faulkner is to stand down following his appointment as a working peer last weekend. The lobbying agency belongs to the Association of Professional Political Consultants, which bans its members from employing peers.

Citigate Westminster deputy chairman Richard Faulkner is to stand

down following his appointment as a working peer last weekend. The

lobbying agency belongs to the Association of Professional Political

Consultants, which bans its members from employing peers.



Faulkner expects to enter the House of Lords as a Labour peer at the end

of next month. In the interim, he will sever all his links with Citigate

Westminster. Faulkner will take a new role advising Citigate’s parent

company Incepta on its marketing and new business strategy.



Also elevated to the House of Lords was Alan Watson, Burson-Marsteller’s

European chairman and Rosalie Wilkins, information officer for the

National Centre for Independent Living.



- Regulation of lobbyists should cover informal meetings between

lobbyists and politicians and civil servants, Greenpeace executive

director Peter Melchett said in his evidence to the first session of

Neill Committee on standards in public life’s investigation into the

regulation of lobbyists.



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