Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Apex Communications has boosted its Conservative credentials with two hires.

The public affairs firm has appointed James Drewer as associate director and Michael Wade as a non-executive director. Drewer, a former account director at the Bell Pottinger Group, was based at CCHQ for the recent Tory general election campaign. Wade is an experienced businessman and a treasurer of the Conservative Party.

Westminster Advisers has landed an account with the Mental Health Delivery Alliance, a coalition of the country's leading independent providers of mental health services. It has been briefed to work with policy-makers.

Luther Pendragon has been selected to help set up the 'Conveyancing Association' later this year. The new body is being established by the Direct Conveyancing Association.

Mandate Communications has been taken on by pharma firm Lundbeck as the retained policy and public affairs consultancy for its depression drugs.

The Publishers' Association has appointed Emily Cleevely as head of policy and communications. She joins from her post as research and campaigns officer at the Women's Institute and replaces Benjamin King, now public affairs manager at News Corporation.

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