- CTF Partners shuns lobbying transparency initiatives
- Refused to answer questions on City Hall meetings
- Campaign director and deputy are partners in company
The corporate lobbying firm running Boris Johnson’s election campaign refuses to publish its list of clients — despite mounting industry pressure and wider concern over cash-for-influence and conflicts of interest within politics.
Although the majority of reputable public affairs agencies publish their client lists in registers maintained by industry bodies (such as the Association of Professional Political Consultants), CTF Partners appears to shun these initiatives — preferring to keep its activities in London secret.
While the Machiavellian Lynton Crosby acts as a lightning rod for media interest in the campaign, Boris’ re-election effort is run by CTF Partners, a joint venture by Crosby with a fellow Australian, pollster Mark Textor, along with Conservative Party operator Mark Fullbrook.
All three directors of the firm — part of the global lobbying network Crosby|Textor — have key roles within Back Boris 2012, with Fullbrook backing up Crosby as deputy director while Textor analyses polling data.
Such is the integration between CTF Partners and Boris’ campaign that Scrapbook’s queries about the company were redirected to Boris Johnson’s head of media. We have yet to receive responses to questions, including:
- Has the firm attended meetings with staff, aides or other appointments from City Hall?
- Has the firm met with members of the London Assembly?
Time to test that much vaunted Boris transparency.