Laws leaps into lobbying with GK Strategy job

18 May 2017

Former Liberal Democrat schools minister David Laws is joining GK Strategy as a strategic adviser.

Laws takes on the part-time role with the independent Westminster-based consultancy two...

Portland pinches WS lobbyist for partner post

17 May 2017

Portland has appointed Weber Shandwick’s deputy head of public affairs to head up its local government lobbying team.

Chris Hogwood is understood to be effectively replacing Kevin McKeever...

GK Strategy in bid to shake up planning lobbying

16 May 2017

GK Strategy has launched a planning communications service as it declares that the sector is "ripe for reform".

GK Intelligent Planning is being set up after an agency restructure last...

Tom Newham: Three reasons to keep lobbying Labour

12 May 2017

Must Labour lose? This was the question asked of a group of pollsters and researchers by Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell in 1960, shortly after the party had lost its third successive general...

Josh Grimstone: Businesses should jump on the Tory tidal wave

9 May 2017

You know you’ve had a bad night in the local elections when your morning media rebuttal line contains the words “it wasn’t a total wipe-out”. After a dismal night across all parts of the United...

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...

Lunch with...Nikki da Costa

19 May 2017

Some of my PAN lunches are fun. Some of my PAN lunches are serious. Happily, my lunch with Nikki da Costa was both. She takes things seriously, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously....

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...