Top City PR firm quits leading trade body over role of former Conservative chairman Lord Feldman

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Tulchan Communications elected not to renew its membership of the PRCA in October (Source: Getty)

A top City public relations firm has quit its membership of the UK’s leading communications trade body amid concerns it was in breach of a code of conduct.

Tulchan Communications elected not to renew its membership of the PRCA in October.

The PR firm employs former Conservative party chairman Lord Feldman of Elstree as a senior policy advisor.

The PRCA's Public Affairs and Lobbying Code of Conduct stipulates member firms should not employ politicians, including sitting peers.

Tulchan founder and senior partner Andrew Grant told City A.M.: “We do advise clients on what is going on in the political world… but we are not a lobbying company.”

However, Grant added:

[Given] it appears that we are in breach of some of the rules, we took a decision that it would be better to not be a member. Then we would not be in breach of any rules.

“It is a condition of his [Feldman’s] employment with us that he doesn’t do any lobbying.”

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Grant said Tulchan had also decided not to renew its membership because it was not making use of the training provided by the PRCA.

“I wouldn’t rule out joining again in the future. And I think what [director general] Francis [Ingham] and his team are doing at the PRCA is good for the industry,” he said.

Tulchan works with a raft of companies from the Square Mile including Legal & General and Metro Bank.

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