In his acceptance speech, McVicker mentioned that he was taking up the role at ‘a crucial time for the public affairs industry’ and that he will be aiming to lead ‘the debate on a statutory register of lobbyists’.
His statement comes days after details emerged of an investigation by The Sunday Times, which revealed claims by former Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas that donations to the party of £250,000 a year could give people ‘face time’ with senior ministers and that ‘premier league’ donors could lobby Prime Minister David Cameron directly.
McVicker added: ‘I believe our core principles and ethics at CIPR PA are transparency, professionalism and integrity. We must not be seen to condone any person or company that does not uphold these principles. We must self-regulate as an industry or we will be in grave danger of having statutory regulation forced upon us.’
He was voted in as chair of the group at its AGM at the St Stephen’s Club last night.
The event also awarded John Mead, researcher to Liberal Democrat MP David Ward, the CIPR Public Affairs Parliamentary Researcher of the Year 2012 prize.
The award includes an iPad, one year’s free membership of the CIPR PA group and a free one-to-one career consultation with Gavin Ellwood, board director of recruitment firm Ellwood & Atfield.