Lobbying agency Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn has been dragged into a row
between the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) and Make
Votes Count, the group campaigning for a more proportional voting system
to be introduced to UK general elections.
A group of Labour MPs last week tabled an early day motion in the House
of Commons criticising the appointment of Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn by
Make Votes Count (PR Week, 9 April).
The motion, whose sole purpose is to raise parliament’s attention to an
issue, reads: ’this House ... is alarmed that LLM is not a member of the
Association of Professional Political Consultants and is therefore not
bound by its ethical code and condemns LLM’s threat of legal action
against the AEEU as an attempt to suppress debate on electoral
The AEEU, Britain’s third largest trade union, is openly hostile to
The move comes after LLM sent a solicitor’s note to the AEEU, which
alleged the union had received a leaked copy of its presentation
document for the Make Votes Count pitch.
LLM says the account, headed by Neal Lawson, is for media relations, not
The AEEU denies possessing a leaked copy of the agency’s pitch
A senior AEEU source said: ’Whatever people’s views on electoral reform,
there is deep suspicion concerning the role of non-Association of
Professional Political Consultants lobbyists within the debate.’
MP Stephen Twigg, who supports Make Votes Count, described the issue as
a ’storm in a teacup’. LLM is not alone in staying outside the APPC.
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