Well, the figures have been counted and verified and the lobbying firm that has made the most use of Palace of Westminster dining facilities is… Political Intelligance.
In second place is Edelman on eight mentions and in third is Lexington Communications with four. Check out the PRW website tomorrow for more…
Other PR/lobbying firms to show up on the list are: APCO UK, Bell Pottinger, Burson Marsteller, Butler Kelly, Cicero Consulting, Connect Public Afffairs, Gayling Political Strategy, Lewis Communications, Westminster Advisers and The Whitehouse Consultancy. And Weber Sandwich.
But the records may not tell the full story. As previously noted the data covers bookings from 2004 to 2009, but no lobbying firms show up in the records after 2007. Lobbying chiefs I spoke to were at a loss as to why.
Were MPs suddenly advised to put the booking in the name of the client instead…?
Either way, even up until 2007, no single MP appears to have a particular desire to let the lobbyists in en masse. In fact, only nine MPs appear to have made more than one booking in the name of a lobbying firm. Just two MPs – Brian White and Richard Allan – made three bookings in the name of lobbying firms.
Other MPs such as John Whittingdale, Janet Anderson and Ed Davey were happily hosting events for lobbying firm that refuse to sign up the industry-wide codes of conduct…
But perhaps the most interesting firms to pass through the doors of the Palace was EUK Consulting. The records show that tobbaco lobbyists were given access to the Strangers Dining Room by Tory MP Robert Goodwill.