Public Affairs: The week in lobbying

- Quiller Consultants has been selected to handle mobile phone firm O2's public affairs business, dislodging Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.

Huntsworth-owned Quiller saw off competition from 35 agencies to land the account. It was founded 11 years ago by Jonathan Hill, head of the Downing Street policy unit, and John Eisenhammer, former financial editor at The Independent.

- Lexington Communications has strengthened its health public affairs team with the hire of Lisa Timothy, parliamentary officer at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Before joining the RCN, Timothy was an aide to Mark Simmonds, now a Conservative shadow minister for health.

- Finsbury associate partner Chris Kelsey has left the City agency to join North East-based agency Robson Brown as its first public affairs consultant. Kelsey takes the role of account director.

- has been set up by former Downing Street comms adviser Chris McShane to provide intelligence on news and media to the UK's top corporates. The firm was behind last week's Labour Party conference accessory of choice - a BlackBerry cover depicting First Secretary Lord Mandelson as a bloodied but unbowed 'fighter'.

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