Last Sunday the Sunday Times exposed the relationship between lobbying firm Golden Arrow and two Labour Ministers. See HERE and HERE. The next day I wrote about how Golden Arrow goes about attracting clients HERE. A PIECE followed on Ivan Henderson, the former Labour MP for Harwich, who fronts their lobbying efforts and had a Parliamentary pass which gave him the run of the Commons. I then showed how Golden Arrow deploys its 'pet' Minister Gerry Sutcliffe to impress their clients HERE and then WROTE about Lord Hanningfield's PQ on their activities. The spotlight then fell on Golden Arrow's former Transport Minister consultant David Jamieson HERE.
Today, let's look at the Golden Arrow team which services its non declared clients...
ANDREW SHARP is Golden Arrow's MD. He's a former Labour Party regional organiser and
when he worked for the Labour Party at HQ he was responsible for doing all the work on the post Nolan bill on political contributions and specifically was responsible for drafting the clauses which required PLC's to have approval from their shareholders to give political contributions of 5k and above. This will have come in useful when his client National Express made financial contributions to the Labour Party.
IAN WOODRCROFT is a research executive who used to work for .... oh, what's this? Tony Wright MP, the very same Labour MP who gave Golden Arrow's Ivan Henderson his parliamentary researcher's pass.
ANDREW PAKES is described on the Golden Arrow website as a is a specialist in political messaging and campaign management. He is a Southwark councillor and a former NUS President.
So with David Jamieson and Ivan Henderson this is the entire Golden Arrow team. Their contacts in the Labour Party are clearly excellent, and that's how they win their business - entirely based on who they know, rather what they know. Their clients are dazzled by their address book rather than their skills as strategic consultants - or should I say those clients who are too stupid to read between the lines.
So who are their clients? As they do not belong to the professional organisation for public affairs consultants, the APPC, they are not required to reveal their client list. So far, I have been able to ascertain that the following companies and organisations are clients of Golden Arrow...
Port of Felixstowe
Passenger Transport Executive Group
Warwickshire County Council
I know that Golden Arrow are closely monitoring what I write on this site about them. So come on chaps. Let us know your client list. Isn't it the ethical thing to do? Your silence on this matter speaks volumes. And if you won't let us know, perhaps my blog readers will help compile the list.