NEWS: Camelot names Brown as in-house lobbyist

National Lottery operator Camelot has ended a two month search for an in-house lobbyist to handle government relations and address MP’s concerns following negative publicity.

National Lottery operator Camelot has ended a two month search for an

in-house lobbyist to handle government relations and address MP’s

concerns following negative publicity.



Richard Brown, deputy director general of the Association of the British

Chambers of Commerce (ABCC), has been named as Camelot’s new head of

government affairs. He will liaise with Parliament, the Government and

other bodies including lottery watchdog Oflot.



Reporting to director of communications, David Rigg, Brown will also

oversee the activities of The Communication Group, hired by Camelot in

August to strengthen its lobbying power. ‘The vital message to be

understood is that Camelot’s job is to run the National Lottery and not

to distribute the money,’ said Brown. ‘Camelot makes a convenient

scapegoat for other bodies, but it’s not right to tar it with the same

brush.’



Brown, will have to tackle a number of controversial issues in his role

at Camelot including accusations that the Lottery funds ‘elitist’ arts

projects and concern that it is fostering addictive gambling habits.



In October the lottery came under fire from MPs critical of the way

charity money was distributed, while defeated Camelot rival Richard

Branson slammed the organisation for making ‘obscene’ profits.



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