Fishburn Hedges swells ranks of APPC members

Corporate and public affairs agency Fishburn Hedges and two other firms have registered their clients for the first time with the Association of Professional Political Consultants.

Corporate and public affairs agency Fishburn Hedges and two other

firms have registered their clients for the first time with the

Association of Professional Political Consultants.



’It signals our commitment to the rules, self-regulation and openness in

this area,’ said FH director John Williams. The agency set up its lobbying

arm, now headed by Graham McMillan, two years ago. Its clients have

included the Royal Bank of Scotland and the National Grid Company.



FH, Political Planning Services and the Policy Partnership all feature in

the latest edition of the list, which is published every six months.



Registration is a condition of membership of the association.



The list of clients, which includes the names of individual lobbyists who

have undertaken work for them, is a public document and is sent to the

House of Commons and the House of Lords.



The association was set up in May 1994 by a group of five lobbying firms

on a platform of banning financial links between its members and MPs.



The founding members were the now defunct Ian Greer Associates,

Westminster Strategy, GJW, the Public Policy Unit and Market Access.



Two notable absences from the association’s membership are Lowe Bell

Political and Charles Barker. Generalist agencies Shandwick,

Burson-Marsteller and Hill and Knowlton are all active in lobbying but are

not among the 14 members.



Members are not obliged to register current work of a sensitive

nature.



The list includes clients served on a retainer and project basis.



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