STATEMENT FROM THE APPC CHAIRMAN REGARDING BELL POTTINGER

Dear Members

A number of you have asked me about Bell Pottinger Political’s membership of the APPC.  To be clear, our member is Bell Pottinger’s political practice, which is subject to the APPC’s code regulating public affairs activity in the United Kingdom.

The recent PRCA case related to the activities of Bell Pottinger’s Financial & Corporate Practice in South Africa. That practice is not, and never has been, a member of the APPC.  Our Code of Conduct governs the “activities of regulated political practitioners (defined as APPC member organisations and their political practitioners) in relation to all UK Institutions of Government”; it does not govern activities directed at political institutions outside of the UK.

As you may have seen, Bell Pottinger was yesterday placed into administration. The APPC will seek clarification from the administrators over coming days about the future membership of the APPC of Bell Pottinger Political.

If you would like more information, please contact me at chair@appc.org.uk

Best wishes

Paul Bristow

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