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.