The Week in Lobbying

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs has hired Four Communications' Chris Martin to work across its public affairs and planning arms.

Martin joins next month as a consultant. He has been a consultant at Four since January 2007, working mostly on planning clients. Before that he worked for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament. Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chair Peter Bingle said: 'This is an important appointment. Chris' arrival will be a welcome boost to our planning team.'

The Conservative Party is reportedly experiencing such strong demand by lobbyists for corporate stalls at its party conference this year that extra space has been allocated. The Tories are gearing up for a sell-out event, with bookings up a third on this time last year. More than 8,500 people have been accredited so far, the party said on Sunday.

Lionel Zetter's new book, Lobbying: The Art of Political Persuasion, is to be published on 20 October by Harriman House. Topics covered in the former CIPR president's book include the historical background of lobbying, ethics and regulatory regimes, and the mechanics of lobbying, including its rationale and the various types of programmes.

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