Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Political Intelligence and Edelman have emerged as the public affairs agencies making most use of House of Commons dining facilities in recent years.

Documents released last week revealed which MPs hired dining facilities to host events for outside organisations between 2004 and 2009. Political Intelligence racks up ten mentions, and Edelman eight, in the list of external bookings by MPs. Edeman public affairs MD Alex Bigg said: 'On behalf of our clients we arrange events in the House of Commons. Such events help facilitate a healthy and engaged dialogue between Parliamentarians and the outside world.'

OfGem head of government affairs Rachel White is leaving the quango to move overseas.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has appointed Amanda Stuart as its head of government affairs. Stuart joined last week from Insight Public Affairs.

Westminster Advisers has hired former Burson-Marsteller and one-time CIPR president CEO Reginald Watts as a non-executive director.

Butler Kelly has been appointed by Arqiva, the comms infrastructure and media services company. The lobbying firm won a four-way pitch.

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