Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

RSA, the global insurance firm, has appointed Gary Duncan as its new group head of public affairs. Duncan was economics editor at The Times, from 2004 until February this year. RSA, previously known as Royal Sun Alliance, uses Lexington Communications for public affairs advice in the UK.

Cable & Wireless Worldwide is on the hunt for an agency to create and implement lobbying campaigns. The company was created six months ago after the demerger of Cable & Wireless. The search follows the appointment of director of corporate affairs Kai Boschmann and head of public affairs Ben Matthews.

Suzy Awford, MD of DLA Piper Global Government Relations, is leaving for a top lobbying post at US-headquartered insurance giant Genworth. Awford will become vice-president of government relations across Europe, based at the firm's European headquarters in London.

Twenty-one MPs have signed an Early Day Motion calling for a register of lobbyists to be underpinned by 'a statutory code of ethical practice to which registrants would have to adhere'. EDM 457 has been tabled by Labour backbencher Austin Mitchell.

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