Iain Anderson and Andrew Neil

Anderson fights industry’s corner

29 January 2016

Association of Professional Political Consultants chairman Iain Anderson branded the government’s lobbying register “a completely failed concept” as he appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics show on...

Dirk Paterson

Paterson sets up own shop

27 January 2016

Former Lansons and Royal Mail head of public affairs Dirk Paterson has teamed up with six senior communicators to set up an agency focused on reputation and political risk management.


Tom Greatrex at ENA events

Nuclear lobbyists get Greatrex

27 January 2016

The Nuclear Industry Association has appointed former Labour MP Tom Greatrex as its new chief executive.

Greatrex takes up the new post in February, replacing Keith Parker who has held the...

European parliament in Brussels

Is the EU referendum debate any business of business?

6 January 2016

The debate on Britain’s membership of the EU looks set to dominate the politics of 2016. Can the business community sit out the EU referendum until it all blows over?

Many would like to. A...

Jeremy Corbyn

Richard Sloggett: Is there any point in engaging Labour on health?

25 November 2015

With the arrival of Corbynmania and a sense of doom and gloom among Blairites that we are entering a period of one-party Conservative rule there is a temptation to misread what this means for...

Alison White

Iain Anderson: Hats off to the lobbying tsar

3 September 2015

The Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) has long been critical of the Government’s Lobbying Act and the flaws inherent within the statutory lobbying register.


Kevin Bell

The man who doesn’t 'do cheap'

9 December 2015

For one of the heavyweights of the lobbying agency world, Kevin Bell has a surprisingly lightweight entourage these days.

The well-known Conservative-supporting lobbyist has spent more...

Robert Condon

Sketching out ambitious plans

15 July 2015

If some in the lobbying world are not familiar with Hume Brophy, Robert Condon is planning to change that over the next few years.

The PR and public affairs agency recently raised eyebrows...

Stephen Day

Conservative lobbyist seeks current and controversial clients

4 May 2015

In many respects, Stephen Day has a typical Tory lobbyist's CV. He was head of the Conservative Association at university before going on to work for a Conservative MP and then making the switch...

Alex Challoner

Lunch with... Alex Challoner

20 January 2016

My lunch with Alex Challoner begins with the usual question –did you call the election result? And Alex is rightly smug but absolutely honest in his answer:

"We said a narrow Conservative...

Cate Blanchett accepts the award for best actress at the 2014 Oscars

The 2015 Stakeholder Awards

4 January 2016

The 2015 Stakeholder Awards were judged by a heavyweight one-strong judging panel comprised of the UK’s leading public affairs journalist.

Many of this year's categories were particularly...

Emily Wallace

Lunch with… Emily Wallace

16 December 2015

After a hefty 15 years plus at Connect Communications, Emily Wallace moved to GK Strategy last year. Some 12 months later and GK has been named consultancy of the year the 2015 Public Affairs...