Kelly quits lobbying for a political career

Edinburgh-based public affairs consultancy Holyrood Strategy is seeking a new chief executive, only days after its launch, following the departure of its chief executive and prospective Labour MSP Michael Kelly last week.

Edinburgh-based public affairs consultancy Holyrood Strategy is

seeking a new chief executive, only days after its launch, following the

departure of its chief executive and prospective Labour MSP Michael

Kelly last week.



Kelly resigned from the agency in the wake of allegations against

lobbyists made in the Observer newspaper earlier this month and the

subsequent media interest in the ethics of lobbying. He said: ’I have

got to find myself a seat and I did not want lobbying to get in the way

so I decided to withdraw from Holyrood Strategy and concentrate on being

a Labour member.’



Kelly, a former Lord Provost of Glasgow, helped to launch Holyrood

Strategy just over a week ago.



The agency’s other directors are Lord Fraser, the Conservative Party’s

deputy leader in the House of Lords, Charles Brodie, a Liberal Democrat

councillor and director of software company Twinsoft, and Mark Whittet,

executive director of news events planner MacNews, which will be

integrated within Holyrood Strategy. The agency does not have any

clients as yet.



Several public affairs consultants in Scotland are on candidate lists

for potential selection for the new Scottish parliament. They include

Brodie, a prospective Liberal Democrat MSP as well as prospective Labour

members Jane Saren, managing director of GPC Scotland, Lord Watson

director of PS Public Affairs, Jack McConnell, head of Public Affairs

Europe and prospective Conservative member Struan Stevenson, director of

PS Public Affairs.



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