The week in lobbying

Two Labour peers involved in January's 'cash for amendments' scandal face suspension from the Lords after an inquiry found them guilty of misconduct.

The Lords’ privileges committee found that former minister Lord Truscott and Lord Taylor of Blackburn were prepared to help Sunday Times’ reporters posing as lobbyists to seek amendments to legislation in return for cash. The Lords was expected to approve the punishments this week.

Martin Robeson Planning Practice has set up a new public affairs agency and recruited former Tesco corporate affairs manager Will Kitchener to head up the business. Kitchener, who has also worked for PPS, joins following a period of freelancing. He will work alongside MD Martin Robeson.

Green Issues Communications has been appointed to provide media relations and public affairs support to Fluvial Innovations, manager of Floodstop barriers. The agency will initially target media and local authorities in the 20 most frequently flooded towns and cities in the UK.

Hanover Communications has landed an account to provide political monitoring to support services company Babcock International Group.


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