Transparency campaigner urges agencies to open their doors to politicians

A high-profile lobbying transparency campaigner has called for agencies to open their doors to politicians, following a day of shadowing at Connect Communications.

Behind the scenes: Tamasin Cave (right) with Emily Wallace
Behind the scenes: Tamasin Cave (right) with Emily Wallace

Director of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency Tamasin Cave was welcomed into Connect to experience a ‘day in the life’ of a lobbyist last Wednesday.

Cave told PRWeek that staff at the agency were ‘all very welcoming given the slightly weird situation’, adding this was in stark contrast to the ‘aggressive, defensive’ responses from the public affairs industry she had received in the past.

Cave suggested politicians should be given the opportunity to go into public affairs agencies. ‘It would get across to backbenchers the extent of lobbying influence,’ said Cave.

Cave shadowed Connect’s operations director Emily Wallace, whom the PRCA last week made chairman of its public affairs group.

‘It genuinely was a good move to appoint her as a face of lobbying. She represents a much better face of the industry,’ said Cave, comparing Wallace favourably with two infamous industry figureheads. ‘I’ve been shown the nicer side of lobbying,’ she added.

Speaking more widely about the Government’s lobbying consultation, Cave said: ‘The length of time it has taken to get here is appalling.’

Connect chief executive Gill Morris said: ‘We are completely open at Connect and we are delighted that Tamasin took the opportunity to come and spend a day with us.’

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