Citigate Westminster deputy chairman Richard Faulkner is to stand
down following his appointment as a working peer last weekend. The
lobbying agency belongs to the Association of Professional Political
Consultants, which bans its members from employing peers.
Faulkner expects to enter the House of Lords as a Labour peer at the end
of next month. In the interim, he will sever all his links with Citigate
Westminster. Faulkner will take a new role advising Citigate’s parent
company Incepta on its marketing and new business strategy.
Also elevated to the House of Lords was Alan Watson, Burson-Marsteller’s
European chairman and Rosalie Wilkins, information officer for the
National Centre for Independent Living.
- Regulation of lobbyists should cover informal meetings between
lobbyists and politicians and civil servants, Greenpeace executive
director Peter Melchett said in his evidence to the first session of
Neill Committee on standards in public life’s investigation into the
regulation of lobbyists.