The Association of Professional Political Consultants has received
its first formal complaint. It was made against the APPC’s secretary,
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
APPC chairman Andrew Gifford has written to the client to say he is
dealing with the complaint.