Public Affairs: The week in Lobbying

The CIPR is launching an online discussion around its draft definition of lobbying on its website, and is asking people to provide constructive feedback on its suitability. To take part, go to policy/consultations/definition-lobbying.

The PRCA has reiterated its call for lobbyists to be included in a statutory register of lobbyists, following the Institute of Economic Affairs' report on the role of state funding for charities that lobby government. PRCA chief executive Francis Ingham said: 'This shows that the current proposals for a statutory register, which would exempt charities, are inept and will lack credibility.'

Insight Public Affairs has been appointed by R3: Association of Business Recovery Specialists, which has brought the agency in for a public affairs brief.

The brief was previously held by MHP Communications. R3 works to raise awareness on the benefits of obtaining financial advice.

Peter Bingle,the former Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chairman, is set to join the APPC following years of criticism of the group. Bingle, who is launching an agency named Peter Bingle Consulting, claimed he is joining the group because it is now chaired by APCO vice-chair public affairs, Europe, Michael Burrell.

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