London,
24
August
2016

PRCA responds to Lord Hague lobbying story in The Times

Responding to reports that Lord Hague has taken an advisory role with the consultancy Teneo, Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, commented:

“Lobbying is a sign of a thriving democracy – the work results in objectively better policy. It brings expert views to the fold, from organisations ranging from charities to FTSE 100s, which help to inform and improve the end result and the democratic process.”

“We need a statutory lobbying register which covers all lobbyists, not just consultants who hit a wildly unsuitable definition, but all in-house practitioners as well. Hand-in-hand, Parliament needs to have a proper and robust discussion of the rules concerning conflicts of interest: it is within their power to improve the situation on both counts.”

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Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA currently has more than 400 agency members; 270 in-house PR and communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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