Lobbying

Kiran Stacey

The Independent has a terrific scoop today on how Bell Pottinger, the PR firm chaired by Lord Bell, Baroness Thatcher’s former media adviser, has been promising potential clients access to senior figures in Number 10.

Perhaps the most damaging part of the story for the government is the boast from Tim Collins, managing director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, that he was able to get David Cameron to raise the issue of intellectual property with the Chinese government on behalf of Dyson, one of their clients.

The paper quotes Collins as saying: 

An interesting exchange from the Guardian’s online debate with Jeremy Hunt:

Hannah Pool (Guardian):  We’ve had lots of questions about Jeremy’s answer to the lobbying question because most people think that the Conservative Party are only committing themselves to a voluntary code but we got the impression from what you said that you’re committing them to a compulsory code. Is that right because that’s different from manifesto policy?