Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Environment secretary Chris Huhne has ordered a private inquiry into which fossil fuel lobbyists influenced the Conservative MEPs who defied David Cameron and voted down an ambitious carbon emissions target in the European Parliament on 5 July.

Huhne is reported as saying: 'We thought the vote was going to be close, but it was not close. We want to see which lobby groups managed to get to the MEPs.'

Time Warner has appointed Channel 4 corporate relations director Nick Toon as vice-president, UK public policy. Based in London, he will report to Carol Melton, executive vice-president for global public policy. Toon joined Channel 4 in 2004 as head of public affairs.

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs has signed up Labour Party activist Christian Klapp as a consultant. Klapp is currently an account manager at Team One UK Recruitment and recently stood as the Labour candidate in a Putney Council by-election.

The Whitehouse Consultancy is to represent respite care provider Hop Skip and Jump as its pro-bono client for 2011-12. Whitehouse will work with the Gloucestershire-based charity to highlight its model to local and national government.

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