Bell Pottinger lobbyists offered APPC affiliation

Bell Pottinger public affairs is being invited to join the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC), which bans links between lobbying firms and MPs and peers.

Bell Pottinger public affairs is being invited to join the

Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC), which bans

links between lobbying firms and MPs and peers.



The move comes days after the Observer alleged links between Peter Luff,

chairman of the House of Commons agriculture select committee, Bell

Pottinger client Monsanto and former client the Chamber of Shipping.



Bell Pottinger Good Relations handles media relations for Monsanto,

whose lobbying agency is Charles Barker BSMG. The agency ended its

relationship with the chamber of shipping two months ago.



Luff is employed as an adviser on new business by Bell Pottinger

Communications, the umbrella company under which the Bell Pottinger

agencies trade, and as a corporate PR consultant to Bell Pottinger

Consultants.



Lord Bell, chairman of listed holding company Chime Communications, said

he had not been approached by the APPC as yet.



Bell added that he had written to the Press Complaints Commission to

ascertain whether he has grounds to bring formal action against the

Observer.



APPC chairman Michael Burrell is inviting non-member agencies to join

the association in a bid to make it more representative of the

industry.



Consultancies not on the association’s books include Lexington

Communications, Burson-Marsteller public affairs and Charles Barker

BSMG.



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