McConnell quits Scottish Labour for agency post

Jack McConnell, the general secretary of the Labour Party in Scotland for the past five years, has resigned from his post to head up a new Edinburgh-based government relations consultancy, which will be known as Public Affairs Europe.

Jack McConnell, the general secretary of the Labour Party in

Scotland for the past five years, has resigned from his post to head up

a new Edinburgh-based government relations consultancy, which will be

known as Public Affairs Europe.



Public Affairs Europe is a joint-venture between leading Scottish PR

agency Beattie Media and commercial lawyers firm Maclay Murray and

Spens.



Beattie handles some public affairs, but its main work is in public

relations.



Public Affairs Europe’s specific aim is to provide legal and

constitutional advice alongside traditional government relations

counsel, in the run-up to the establishment of the new Scottish

Parliament.



McConnell said: ’I look forward to helping the public and private

sectors have greater involvement in the democratic process in Edinburgh,

Westminster and Brussels.



’The Public Affairs Europe team will be at the cutting edge of the

quality, innovation, ethical standards and success which must be central

to the new Scotland’.



McConnell, who will be chief executive, will form part of a six-strong

team at Public Affairs Europe, with George McKechnie, head of public

affairs at Beattie Media taking the role of chairman of the new agency,

Gordon Beattie, managing director of Beattie Media and Magnus Swanson,

Bruce Patrick and Alec Barr, all partners at Maclay Murray Spens.



Beattie Media’s current clients include Clydesdale Bank, Adshel

Scotland, Scottish Power and Honeywell.



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