The Association for Scottish Public Affairs this week appointed a
treasurer and four new members to its ruling committee. This came on the
day the organisation unveiled a quality ’kite-mark’ to increase respect
for Edinburgh’s lobbying industry and stave off attempts by the Scottish
Parliament to regulate the sector.
Recent unproven allegations that some employees of Beattie Media’s
public affairs arm peddled political influence for cash, led the agency
to close its lobbying unit (PR Week 1 October).
As PR Week went to press, a committee of MSPs was meeting to establish a
code of conduct for Holyrood parliamentarians. The committee is expected
to decide whether Scottish public affairs needs to be regulated by
Douglas Herbison of EU lobbyists Europe Analytica became treasurer at
ASPA’s AGM on Tuesday night. William Dinan of the Stirling Media
Research Institute, David Lutton of Glasgow-based Media House, Karen
Freel of BEL Consultants in Edinburgh and Adam Bruce of law firm
McGrigor Donald’s public affairs arm also joined the 12-strong