Public Affairs: Euro lobbying body set to expel agency

A UK lobbying firm could be kicked out of the profession's European trade association following a heated exchange of emails.

The Whitehouse Consultancy has been put on alert by the European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association after a row between EPACA chair Jose Lalloum and Whitehouse boss Chris Whitehouse.

The trade body will hold a one-off meeting on 12 July to discuss the expulsion plan. An email sent to members this week by EPACA secretariat Florence Bernardoni stated: 'In the course of last week, the chairman has received 13 requests from members to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly to discuss the possible expulsion of The Whitehouse Consultancy.'

On 9 June, Lalloum sent members an email criticising European Parliament plans to tighten the rules on the holding of parliamentary passes by lobbyists. Lalloum's email stated: 'We have had the opportunity to raise this concern at the highest level last week.'

Whitehouse hit back that the note 'definitely does not reflect the opinions of The Whitehouse Consultancy'. As the spat continued, the wider EPACA membership and the press were copied in on emails.

Responding to the threat, the agency boss told PRWeek: 'Whitehouse will not be bullied by this shabby intimidation into dropping its campaign for transparency, openness and accountability in the lobbying profession.' Whitehouse recently launched a fierce public attack on the UK Public Affairs Council.

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