Anchor Trust accuses Miller of ’client betrayal’

The Association of Professional Political Consultants has received its first formal complaint. It was made against the APPC’s secretary, Charles Miller.

The Association of Professional Political Consultants has received

its first formal complaint. It was made against the APPC’s secretary,

Charles Miller.



The complainant, a client of Miller’s lobbying agency the Public Policy

Unit, has also called into question his position at the APPC.



Miller said any calls for his resignation would be ’premature’. ’It

hasn’t been determined whether there is a case to answer, or in whose

favour,’ he said.



Details of the complaint emerged as PPU was hit by the resignation of

two key staff, directors Edward Vaizey and Paul Wheeler. ’We asked them

to go and they have left by mutual agreement,’ said Miller.



Vaizey and Wheeler both left the firm on Friday. They have joined

lobbying agency Politics International. Their departures leave three

full-time staff at PPU.



The complaint against Miller was made three weeks ago by a housing

association, Anchor Trust, for whom PPU had provided consultancy

services. Miller wrote an article last month in a trade magazine,

Housing, criticising a hypothetical housing association’s campaign.

Anchor believes that although it is not named it can easily be

identified in the article. The association says Miller betrayed its

interests as a client.



Miller said of the article: ’It was written in a private capacity. It

wasn’t about them. It was about much wider issues.’



Miller had not personally worked with the association, but Wheeler and

fellow consultants Andrew Lansley and David Gardner had advised the

client.



APPC chairman Andrew Gifford has written to the client to say he is

dealing with the complaint.



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