Your client is having difficulty securing local support for a proposed new building. Residents are concerned about the impact on their local area. The client is aware that a colleague in your agency (who is not working on this account) is a local councillor. Keen to make positive progress with the planning application, the client asks if your colleague will use his influence to encourage councillors and members of the planning committee to support the scheme despite of the local opposition.

Political consultants who are also local councillors must avoid any conflicts of interest which would compromise APPC’s principles of openness and transparency.

Clause 11 of the APPC Code of Conduct states

Political practitioners who are also local authority councillors are prohibited from working on a client assignment of which the objective is to influence a decision of the local authority on which they serve.  This restriction also applies to political practitioners who are members of Regional Assemblies, Regional Development Agencies or other public bodies.

Clause 12 of the APPC Code of Conduct states

Political practitioners must keep strictly separate from their duties and activities as political practitioners any personal activity or involvement on behalf of a political party, including as an office holder or candidate for office.