The Scottish Parliament is to investigate the Observer’s
allegations about Beattie media and its consultant Kevin Reid, son of
the Scottish Secretary of State John Reid.
The parliament’s standards committee will meet next Tuesday to discuss
the Observer’s allegations that Beattie was profiting from its contacts
with Scottish politicians.
Julia Clarke, CEO of lobbying outfit Holyrood Strategy and executive
member of the Association for Scottish Public Affairs (ASPA), said the
trade association would decide on Monday whether to hold its own
Westminster public affairs outfit APCO has suspended its affiliation
with Beattie, pending the outcome of its own investigations.
In a statement APCO said: ’APCO is a member of the Association of
Professional Political Consultants, whose code of conduct is the
strictest in public affairs.’ The code states that political consultants
should not make ’misleading, exaggerated or extravagant’ claims to
clients about their access to politicians.
Earlier this summer APCO severed relations with Dublin agency Dillon
Consultants when after the consultancy had formally registered Irish
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern’s political adviser Paddy Duffy as a