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
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
APPC chairman Michael Burrell is inviting non-member agencies to join
the association in a bid to make it more representative of the
Consultancies not on the association’s books include Lexington
Communications, Burson-Marsteller public affairs and Charles Barker
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