In a letter to PR Week, Shandwick vice-chairman and Liberal
Democrat peer Tom McNally urges the IPR, the PRCA and the Association of
Professional Political Consultants to present a joint code of conduct
for lobbyists to the House of Commons for legislation.
This comes in the wake of allegations of misconduct by three lobbyists
at GPC, Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn and GJW made in the Observer
McNally said: ’We need a united position. The industry has got to
realise division is causing us damage. We should get some eminent
chairman to hammer out a united code of conduct and go to Parliament and
Government and say ’this is what we want’.’
Derek Draper, a consultant at GPC and Ben Lucas, director at LLM, are
both alleged to have boasted of their close links with Government and to
have claimed they had advance information of confidential Government
policy which they had leaked to their clients.
Draper was suspended by GPC on Monday. Wilf Weeks, chairman of GJW, has
admitted one of the agency’s consultants, Karl Milner, passed a
confidential Commons select committee report to a third party in advance
of publication and has apologised to the committee’s chairman.