David Davis Cashing in on Speech Circuit

David Davis famously lost the Tory leadership to David Cameron on the back of a comparatively poor speech. Nevertheless he has now got permission to sell his public speaking services – so long as he doesn’t tell any Brexit negotiating secrets. Guido thinks we have already got the benefit of his views on the Brexit negotiations for free. DExEU have also banned him from lobbying. Presumably his unpaid lobbying against Chequers is permitted…

mdi-timer 15th October 2018 @ 1:17 pm 15th Oct 2018 @ 1:17 pm mdi-comment Comments
Chappers Hired By Disgraced Bell Pottinger Boss

James Chapman – remember him? – has chucked in “The Democrats” and is freelancing for “3 days a week” for former Bell Pottinger boss James Henderson at his new outfit JH Communications. The pair worked together very briefly at Bell Pot before Henderson had to resign over the South Africa scandal and the company imploded. As a former civil servant the ACOBA committee have had approve Chapman’s appointment, subject to conditions:

“… he should not draw on, disclose or use any privileged information available to him from his time in the Crown Service…”

Did they not see his Twitter account?

mdi-timer 20th February 2018 @ 4:15 pm 20th Feb 2018 @ 4:15 pm mdi-comment Comments
Tory MP James Duddridge ‘Does a Sheerman’

A sitting Tory backbencher is working for a lobbying firm. James Duddridge is being paid £3,300 for just eight hours’ work a month in his role as a consultant for Brand Communications, according to reports. Duddridge says his second job is “not a public affairs role” but Brand Communications boasts of its “political communications and government relations” work in Africa. Duddridge is a former Africa Minister…

Lobbying regulator the PRCA prohibits its member firms from employing MPs, but Brand Communications is one of the small number of shops that have not signed up to the PRCA’s charter. PRCA Director General Francis Ingham said:

Brand Communications, which sits outside of the industry’s regulatory regime, is damaging all of our reputations in employing Duddridge. Politicians must now admit that the rules surrounding second jobs need to be reformed. Ethics is a two-way street. It is against our rules, but not against their own, and once again the biggest loser in all of this is the public. How can we expect people to have trust in politics when we let this sort of thing happen?”

The same loophole allowed Labour MP Barry Sheerman to register as a lobbyistGuido has no objection to MPs having a second income, just not from lobbyists trying to influence politics and potentially MPs’ votes…

mdi-timer 27th September 2017 @ 4:03 pm 27th Sep 2017 @ 4:03 pm mdi-comment Comments
Sheerman’s Shameless Smart Meter Shilling

Last month Guido told how Labour MP Barry Sheerman has become the first serving MP to register as a lobbyist. Sheerman’s activities, conducted through his firm Policy Connect, caused industry groups to write letters of complaint to Parliament’s Standards Commissioner over the perceived conflict of interest. How can you properly serve your constituents and simultaneously be a registered lobbyist?

Yesterday the Huddersfield MP tweeted a picture of himself alongside the quote:

“Smart meters are a great way of using technology to help save money and make an environmental impact. It is great to hear so many homes in Huddersfield embracing smart meters and I would like to encourage more people to learn about the benefits of this technology.”

It must be a coincidence that Sheerman’s Policy Connect has put out a report on energy policy which, you guessed it, promotes smart meters. Contributors to the research included British Gas, EDF and Agility ECO: all firms in the smart meter business. Sheerman advising his constituents to use products directly linked to his lobbying activities…

mdi-timer 20th September 2017 @ 11:36 am 20th Sep 2017 @ 11:36 am mdi-comment Comments
Tim Bell: It’s Curtains For Bell Pottinger

Tim Bell says it is “almost certainly” the end for Bell Pottinger: “It probably is getting near the end. You can try and rescue it but it won’t be very successful”. His phone went off twice during this car crash interview, could do with some PR advice…

mdi-timer 4th September 2017 @ 11:05 pm 4th Sep 2017 @ 11:05 pm mdi-comment Comments
Bell Pottinger Expelled From PRCA

Bell Pottinger has been expelled by the PRCA trade body over the South Africa scandal. The firm has been banned from joining again for five years. PRCA chief Francis Ingham says:

“Bell Pottinger has brought the PR and communications industry into disrepute with its actions, and it has received the harshest possible sanctions. The PRCA has never before passed down such a damning indictment of an agency’s behaviour.”

Bye…

mdi-timer 4th September 2017 @ 8:00 pm 4th Sep 2017 @ 8:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
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