The backbencher was preparing to table to the Early Day Motion in the House of Commons as PRWeek went to press. The plan was first revealed by PRWeek almost two months ago (PRWeek, 23 February)
The motion praises the existing codes of conduct already drawn up by sector bodies. Crucially, it calls on both public and private bodies to boycott agencies that do not adhere to ethical practices.
The motion proposes: ‘That this house believes that public affairs firms have a key role to play in articulating the point of view of business, charities, trade unions and public bodies to government and Parliament; believes that political lobbying must always be open and transparent; welcomes in this regard the codes of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA), which insist that public affairs firms publish the names of all clients and do not make payments to MPs and Peers; notes that the APPC register is easily accessible on their website and calls on the PRCA to adopt a similar practice; applauds the decision of Thames Gateway London Partnership to insist that agencies bidding for their public affairs contract must adhere to the ethical codes of the APPC and calls upon all public bodies and private firms to insert a similar clause in all lobbying contracts.’