‘Top 100 lobbyists’ list will ruffle a few feathers

The Total Politics Top 100 Public Affairs Professionals list, out today, is certain to cause a few rumblings in the closely knit UK public affairs industry.

Well done to College Hill’s Warwick Smith partner for grabbing the top spot. The agency also has Robbie MacDuff grabbing ninth place, making it the only consultancy with two lobbyists in the top ten.

Meanwhile, Edelman has consultants coming in at fourth and 15th respectively, with the dream team of Michael Burrell and Alex Bigg.  And former Edelman consultant John Lehal, boss Insight Public Affairs, is at 25, apparently in recognition of his work on the Obama campaign last year.

Elsewhere, Weber Shandwick’s top pairing of Jon McLeod and Michael Prescott come in at eighth and 16th respectively.

I hope it was good clean fight, lads…

Other big agencies are conspicuous by their absence from the top of the list. Hill & Knowlton doesn’t feature until half way down and Burson Marsteller fares even worse.

Bell Pottinger’s Peter Bingle – recently described by Channel Four News as the Godfather of Tory lobbyists – comes in at fifth, one place behind Connect Public Affairs boss Gill Morris.

The victory will be especially sweet for Morris as the two previously clashed spectacularly over Bell Pottinger’s refusal to sign up to industry-wide codes.

Perhaps Bingle will call for a steward’s enquiry…

In 12th place, Simon Nayyar of Citigate Dewe Rogerson gets a mention for his ‘camel overcoat and rolled umbrella’, while Sacha Desmukh, in 14th, of Mandate is said to be ‘a self-professed dog obsessive’.

You learn something new every day…

Open Road’s Graham McMillan also takes a well deserved slot in the top 20, but Hanover’s Charles Lewington, Portland’s Tim Allan and Lexington’s Mike Craven all surprisingly fail to make the cut.

Will Iain Dale be a getting an angry call?!

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