Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Regester Larkin has opened an office in Houston, Texas. It will offer government relations, policy, strategic comms and crisis management consulting services.

Insight Public Affairs has designed a 'mind map' to demonstrate what it has dubbed 'the blistering pace of reform'. It provides an assessment of the Government's legislative, political and regulatory challenges, and maps out headline policy drivers spanning the economy, public service reform, localism, welfare reform and the international agenda. To view it, go to and click on news.

Maitland Political partner Ed Owen has been appointed as interim chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, on secondment from his existing role at Maitland.

He had been a trustee of the charity since October 2004.

The PRCA has written to more than 450 MPs to ask them to raise concerns over the omission of a statutory register of lobbyists bill from this year's Queen's Speech. The industry body believes it was a missed opportunity, despite reassurances from lobbying minister Mark Harper that there would be legislation in place by 2015. The PRCA has welcomed Harper's suggestion that any register of public affairs practitioners should indicate which of them subscribes to a code of conduct.

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