Sovereign hit by Miliband claims

The PA industry’s trade associations have expressed unease over allegations that lobbyist Sovereign Strategy paid £2,000 to refurbish the Newcastle constituency HQ of new Environment Secretary David Miliband.

The claims were made in last weekend’s Sunday Times. Sovereign represents US nuclear company Fluor.

The APPC – of which Sovereign is not a member – slammed its lack of transparency. Rod Cartwright, chairman of the PRCA’s PA committee, said: ‘PA agencies should not provide support of the kind alleged – particularly of a financial nature.’

Sovereign chairman Alan Donnelly said the support was in his capacity as a ‘Labour member in South Tyneside for 32 years’. He added that Fluor was not a client at the time of the HQ funding and that he supported proposals in Brussels for a mandatory register of lobbyists’ interests.

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