APPC failure to resolve conflict on sitting peers

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 week.

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

week.



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

Lords.’



Letters, p9.



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