Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The Liberal Democrat annual conference has supported a motion calling for greater transparency in government. The motion proposed better scrutiny of public servants and potential conflicts of interest, as well as the creation of a statutory register of lobbyists. The party's deputy leader, Simon Hughes, said: 'We believe in more transparency in how public bodies buy goods and services as well as creating a register of lobbyists.'

London Communications Agency has appointed former Conservative minister and London mayoral candidate Steve Norris as a non-executive director. The 21-strong agency was recently appointed by John Lewis for a six-figure brief to promote its store opening at Westfield Stratford City.

APCO's top lobbyist in Brussels, Mark Dober, is leaving the agency after more than 15 years to work as a headhunter and launch his own comms and public affairs business. Dober, currently MD of APCO's strategic comms practice in Brussels, will be joining recruitment firm Ellwood & Atfield's fledgling Brussels office on a part-time basis and will spend the rest of his time running his yet-to-be-named agency.

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