McNally calls on industry to unite for lobbying code

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.

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

newspaper.



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.



Leader, p9.



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