Members of the Association of Public Policy Consultants failed to
resolve the conflict between one of its members, lobbying firm GPC
Market Access, and the APPC’s code of conduct at a meeting last
While the code prohibits members from employing sitting peers, GPC
Market Access counts Lord Taverne - a sitting Lib Dem peer - among its
staff after its takeover of Prima Europe earlier this month.
APPC secretary, Charles Miller, has written to John Dickie, the new
managing director of GPC Market Access who was unable to attend the
meeting, asking for his views.
Dickie, who had not received the letter when PR Week went to press,
suggested an amendment to the code might be the answer: ’Dick Taverne
worked as a policy consultant for seven years before receiving the
peerage. Maybe members should only be able to employ a peer who’s worked
as a consultant for a specific period before joining the House of