Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The CIPR Government Affairs Group has approved a name change, to CIPR Public Affairs.

At this week's AGM, Iain Anderson, director at Cicero Consulting, was re-elected as chairman. Keith Johnston, policy and comms director at the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, and James Tyrrell, director at Insight Public Affairs, were elected as vice-chairs.

The Metropolitan Police and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency are among a number of authorities lobbying for a new system that would allow them to suspend 'dot uk' domain names. The bodies believe the measure is needed to tackle online crime.

They are reported to have raised the issue with Nominet, the not-for-profit company that controls the registry of UK domain names.

Lord Myners, the former City minister, has become chairman of financial research company Autonomous Research. He has a two-year lobbying ban.

Grayling North has been brought in by regeneration firm St Modwen to handle a media and stakeholder relations campaign across Yorkshire and the North East. The agency will implement stakeholder positioning and community relations programmes for the company.

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