How lobbyists predicted a snap election

19 April 2017

Two leading lobbyists are claiming credit for predicting that Theresa May would call an early general election this year.

After the prime minister announced plans for a snap general...

Blow for Portland as ‘secret weapon’ Pauley quits

18 April 2017

Portland has been rocked by the resignation of its UK managing director Oliver Pauley.

The public affairs stalwart is said to be setting up his own agency after a disagreement about his...

Gauke lands Lansons lobbyist

11 April 2017

The chief secretary to the Treasury has gone to strategic communications firm Lansons to find his first special adviser.

PAN has discovered that David Gauke has signed up Lansons head...

Mark Glover: Another chance to improve lobbying transparency has been missed

4 April 2017

In bringing forward its plans for a statutory lobbying register in 2012, the then minister for political and constitutional reform Chloe Smith MP said that she was "determined to find a...

John Lehal: Triggering Article 50 is only the end of the beginning

27 March 2017

Some 279 days after the referendum, Theresa May on Wednesday will deliver the ‘Article 50 notification’ to the EU, making official our intention to leave. The momentousness of the occasion...

How Brexit fears have shaken the foundations of UK public affairs

13 April 2017

"It’s more like therapy than consultancy,” says one leading lobbyist of his work advising clients on Brexit. "They all think: Oh my God what's next?"

The leap from lobbying to therapy may...

Lunch with... Robert Khan

12 April 2017

In an industry where people tend to switch jobs more frequently than Douglas Carswell switches parties, it’s gratifying to find someone with loyalty to an organisation. Or to two organisations in...

Looking forward to a 'bumper' party conference season

7 February 2017

In recent years, some lobbyists have left the autumn party conferences wondering whether it was worth the hassle.

In 2015, anyone entering the secure zone at Conservative conference in...