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