Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Friends of the Earth has hired Andrew Pendleton, previously an associate director at the IPPR, to head up its lobbying. He joins in a newly created head of campaigns role and reports to director of policy and campaigns Craig Bennett.

Hugh Milward,director of public affairs at TLG, is to join Starbucks as head of UK public affairs. The new role is understood to be maternity cover. Milward's replacement will be James O'Leary, who joined TLG earlier this year from The Co-operative Group.

The National Casino Industry Forum has turned to Tetra Strategy to help push for reforms to gambling laws. The casino industry body argues that modest reforms to gambling laws could generate economic benefits.

David Cameron has been advised to hand Downing Street jobs to senior industry figures such as Hanover MD Charles Lewington and Quiller Consultants' George Bridges. Writing on the ConservativeHome website, editor Tim Montgomerie endorsed five senior Tory strategists. He said: 'When the team is next refreshed he (Cameron) should be looking to bring in people with excellent connections across the party and with high-level experience of running teams.'

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