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Labour criticises lobbyist’s involvement in Covid strategy calls

Angela Rayner asks cabinet secretary to investigate role of George Pascoe-Watson

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Labour has accused the government of having “one rule for lobbyists and their paying clients and another rule for the rest of us” after it emerged that a Westminster lobbyist was quietly taken on as an adviser and joined coronavirus strategy calls with health ministers.

Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, has written to the cabinet secretary, Simon Case, urging him to investigate the roles of George Pascoe-Watson, director of the PR consultancy Portland Communications, and his colleague James O’Shaughnessy.

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