In the wake of the Independent’s revelations on dodgy lobbying, Bell Pottinger will be investigated by a PR industry trade body after a complaint was made by a top spinner from a rival firm. According to PR Week’s David Singleton, Mark Adams of Lansons Communications, whose clients such as JP Morgan and RBS Insurance, has filed a written complaint with the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

According to the body’s disciplinary procedures, any complaint brought my a member against another member will be investigated by the PRCA’s Professional Practices Committee. Scrapbook imagines the following sections might crop up at some point:

“political consultants are required not to act or engage in any practice or conduct in any manner detrimental to the reputation of the Association or the profession of political organisations in general.”

“Neither propose nor undertake any action which would constitute an improper influence on organs of government, or on legislation, or on the media of communication.”

Under the PRCA’s arbitration and disciplinary procedure, the Secretary of the Association must inform Bell Pottinger of the complaint and allow them 14 days to respond with written observations. The complaint must then go before the Professional practices committee by 2nd February 2012 at the latest. If the Committee find that there is a case to answer, then both sides have 30 days to submit written evidence before a decision will be made. This means a decision will be due, at latest, in March 2012.

Public affairs will eat itself!

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    It makes me feel sick when I read about PR firms operating unethically for money. I wonder whether they would go to the rescue of oppressive governments and try to improve the image of these governments if their mothers or sisters were raped and their brothers, fathers or children were murdered by these oppressive governments.

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