Lobbyists quick to praise Brown

Lobbyists have welcomed Gordon Brown's decision to pre-empt the Queen's speech by setting out details of his first legislative programme in advance.

In a break with tradition, the new prime minister last week told MPs which bills he planned to introduce in the next session of Parliament –months ahead of the Queen’s Speech in the autumn.

Graham McMillan, CEO of Open Road, said Brown’s stance allowed lobbyists to be to be more open about their objectives.

Rex Osborn, director at Butler Kelly Osborn, agreed, saying: ‘Brown has given us a trailer for the Queen’s speech. There will be discussion of the coming legislation in dep­artments, committees, the media and beyond.’

Butler Kelly Osborn was previously called Butler Kelly, but has rebranded following Osborn’s arrival from Citigate Public Affairs. The agency was set up by ex-Tory MP Chris Butler and ex-Tribune editor Phil Kelly.

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