Ian Greer Associates has resigned from the Association of Professional
Political Consultants as the regulatory body takes further steps to
overcome the fallout from the ‘cash for questions’ affair.
In a letter to the APPC, Ian Greer - a founding member - linked the
firm’s departure to his resignation, earlier this month, as chairman of
The news coincides with moves by the APPC to strengthen its ethical
safeguards, following the collapse of Greer’s libel case against the
The association has extended its code of practice to prohibit financial
links with sitting peers and MEPs, as well as MPs and public servants.
It has also explicitly banned member firms from making contributions to
The APPC has also written to Tony Newton, Leader of the House, with its
views on industry regulation. Chairman Andrew Gifford advised Newton
that ‘recent events’ had underlined the need for a more formal system of
regulation for lobbying administered by Parliament.
In a separate letter to Newton, APPC secretary Charles Miller offered a
number of suggestions, including the regulation of all lobbyists by
Parliament-approved bodies, such as the APPC and the PRCA, and the
issuing of identity cards to regulated lobbyists. This would not, he
stressed, ‘grant privileged access’ but ‘could give MPs, and others
proof that advisers making representations to them were regulated’.
Meanwhile, the association is stepping up its marketing efforts, with
investigations into developing a new visual identity and the costs of
establishing a web site.