The credibility of the lobbying industry has certainly taken a
severe knock this week as the Observer continues to shamelessly blow the
importance of its ’scoop’ out of all proportion.
The Association of Professional Political Consultants has now wisely
taken the high ground by asking two of its most established members to
withdraw, pending an examination of their internal procedures although
it accepts that both companies have taken remedial action.
But the dust will have to settle before the scale of damage becomes
On 9 July Lord McNally asked in the House if the Government will respond
to a united call by the industry for a proper register of
He has urged that the APPC, IPR and PRCA are consulted on any moves
towards Parliamentary regulation. It is vital that these associations
are given the chance to protect the interests of a legitimate industry.
This is also necessary to avoid the imposition of draconian measures
that would, at the end of the day, deprive not only many lobbyists of a
living, but also a relatively inexperienced Government of invaluable