Public Affiars: The Week in Lobbying

Quiller Consultants co-founder Jonathan Hill has been appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state for schools at the Department for Education.

A former political secretary to John Major, he co-founded Quiller in 1998. He was made a lord last week and immediately given the junior minister role. Hill's new role coincides with the return to Quiller of Tory election campaign adviser George Bridges (PRWeek, 21 May).

InHouse PR has hired ex-Tory aide Chris Cox as a consultant, with a remit to expand the agency's social media offering. He worked for Grant Shapps, now housing minister, covering the homelessness side of the brief and helping to run the Conservative Homelessness Foundation. More recently, he worked for Portland. InHouse recently landed accounts with VisitEngland, London Criminal Justice Partnership and the 1994 Group.

The Government has pledged to ban lobbying by National Lottery distributors. The coalition agreement document published last week stated: 'We will stop wasteful spending by National Lottery distributors by banning lobbying activities and restricting administration costs to 5 per cent of total income.' The document also confirms the coalition's plans for a statutory register of lobbyists.

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