Portland loses top Tory Will Tanner to new campaigning think tank

13 April 2018

Theresa May’s former deputy policy chief Will Tanner is to leave his post as chief policy adviser at Portland after being appointed director of new Tory think tank Onward.

The campaign...

Weber calls in ex-Edelman lobbyist Sarah Richardson to run corporate

12 April 2018

Weber Shandwick has hired former Conservative councillor and Edelman director Sarah Richardson to run its corporate practice.

Richardson spent five years in Edelman’s public affairs team...

Maitland Political hires former Labour heavyweight Razi Rahman as chairman

10 April 2018

Maitland Political has hired the experienced lobbyist Razi Rahman as it looks to significantly grow the public affairs business.

Rahman takes the new full-time post of chairman after...

Dirk Paterson: How I have fought against 'cash for access' lobbying

26 February 2018

Influencing is not about cash for access anymore. Good lobbying is about three things: strategy strategy strategy.

When I first said this in a board meeting I had a full-on row the CEO who...

Simon Petar: There are opportunities in Labour’s housing hash

13 February 2018

Despite my long-term party membership, I have come to the conclusion that Labour’s approach to housing policy is both tragic and an opportunity in equal measure.

Tragic because the ability...

Lunch with... David Wild

28 February 2018

A man walks into Shepherd’s wearing a Bates hat. No, not a very lame joke. Just the beginning of my lunch with David Wild, Chairman of Lodestone, and wearer of very fine hats (I myself own two...

The 2017 Stakeholder Awards: Full list of winners

22 December 2017

As usual, these highly prestigious awards were decided by a heavyweight one-strong judging panel comprised of the UK’s leading public affairs journalist....

The full list of the lucky (and...

The disruptors: how new lobbying firms are rebooting the old order

20 December 2017

In recent years, the UK public affairs industry has resembled the Premier League before Leicester City took the title. A host of heavyweight agencies have dominated proceedings by bossing pitch...