Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Liberal Democrat chief executive Chris Fox is to stand down in November. The news was revealed on Twitter (5 September) by PRWeek. Fox, the party's former comms chief, is expected to take up a role in corporate PR or public affairs.

The Independent has reported that the tobacco industry is covertly using third-party companies to lobby against smoking restrictions and to gain access to health documents held by public organisations. Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and Hume Brophy were named by the newspaper.

Fishburn Hedges has bolstered its public affairs team with two senior consultant hires. Tom Wadsworth joins next month from Network Rail and Natalie Bateman signs from Luther Pendragon.

O2 has brought in Paul James, until recently global head of public affairs at Cable & Wireless, as head of public affairs. He takes over from interim head of public affairs Simon Miller, who remains at the phone company.

Heathcroft Communications has signed up Nick Vaughan from Gardant Communications as a senior consultant. Vaughan is a former national chairman of Conservative Future.

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