The Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) is
considering banning lobbying firms which are not members of the
Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) from Labour
The trade union, Britain’s third largest, will decide in the next month
whether to put forward a motion at next autumn’s Labour conference in
favour of the ban.
The motion would exclude agencies including Bell Pottinger public
affairs, Lexington Communications and Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn from
attending the conference.
Government policy is formally debated and voted on at the Labour Party
conference and most major companies are represented.
A senior AEEU source said: ’We have a problem with non-APPC members who
do not have to register their interests being involved in Labour Party
Last month, the union sparked a parliamentary early day motion over the
appointment of LLM by electoral reform group Make Votes Count (PR Week,
- LLM chief executive Paul Baverstock has asked his 14 consultants to
adhere to both the APPC code of conduct and the PRCA professional
The agency is planning to apply to the APPC and is not eligible for PRCA
membership until it is three years old.