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Lexington Communications is a PR and lobbying company based in London.


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Campaigns

Pro-biotech

Lexington provides PR and lobbying services to a slew of genetically modified (GM) crop companies: BASF, Syngenta, Novartis, the umbrella group the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (see below), as well as the Crop Protection Association, which represents the interests of the pesticides industry. Lexington also had Monsanto and the Agricultural Biotechnology Council listed among its clients in 2008-09.[1]

Biotech front groups

In 2003, Lexington was hired by the corporate front group the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC). ABC's founder members are Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, BASF, Dow Agrosciences, Dupont and Syngenta[2]. At the same time Lexington hired Bernard Marantelli, a PR operative from Monsanto. Part of his job in 2003 was to run a pro-GM PR campaign for the ABC to educate 'regulators, legislators, retailers and consumer groups'. The budget was £250,000, the same amount of money that was originally proposed for the whole national Public Debate on GM in the UK, held in 2003.[3]

The name of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council also succeeded in creating confusion in the public's mind because of its similarity to the government-appointed Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission.[4]

In early 2008 it was revealed that GM food companies had lobbied the government department responsible for GM to be allowed to hide the locations of crop trials. Lexington confirmed its involvement in this as part of its work covering “all aspects of external communications” for the ABC.[5]

Lexington also works for GM industry lobbying group, CropLife International and was working for CropGen, another biotech front organisation which was run by Countrywide Porter Novelli. The Chair of CropGen is Vivian Moses who is also on the advisory board of the Scientific Alliance, another pro-biotech front organisation.[6]

Pro-nanotech

Bernard Marantelli also convinced about 30 companies to come to a meeting to explore setting up a nanotechnology equivalent of the ABC. The Nanotech Association, which is run out of the same offices as Lexington, was launched in February 2005.[7]

Working for the developers

Lexington is also involved in lobbying government on behalf of developers and the house-building sector, providing services to, among others, Tesco, Peel Holdings, Wharf Land Investment, Places for People Developments, BeeBee Developments and Gladedale. Lexington is able to provide inside political knowledge of the sector at both a national and local level: Director Jo-Anne Daniels previously spent nine years as a senior civil servant at the Treasury, was an advisor to Gordon Brown, and managed and published the significant Barker Review on housing in 2004.[8] Also Richard Thomas, who joined in 2008, was previously Cabinet Member for Regeneration on Southwark Council, with political responsibility for one of London’s largest regeneration programmes, the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle. On taking the job, Thomas agreed with Lexington not to work on matters relating to his previous role with Southwark Council. [9]

People

Key people

Revolving door

Staff Register

March 2014-May 2014

Gabriel Abulafia | Tom Arnold | Allum Bokhari | Paul Boyfield | Joanne Bullen | Caitlin Cooper | James Crowne | Chris Cuddihy | Ella Fallows | James Ferguson | Jessica Fine | Juliette Gerstein | Edward Grieve | Michael Haw | Matthew Hill | Peter Jones | Owen Larter | Jennifer Lipman | Robert Loughenbury | Francis Mallinson | Andrew Marshall | Helen Martin | Bronagh McClosky | Allona McCloy | Declan McHugh | Lloyd Milton | Charlotte Morris | Tom Morrison-Bell | Caroline Nagle | Jackie Nally | Jennifer Ousbey | Emma Pemberton-Eccles | Laura Russell | Will Sherlock | Paul Simpson | Paul Street | Sandamali Sutton | Lisa Timothy | Helen Walsh | Nigel Warner | Cath Warren | Jennifer White | Kevin Whitmore | Alice Wood [13]

December 2013-February 2014

Gabriel Abulafia | Paul Boyfield | Joanne Bullen | Caitlin Cooper | Mike Craven | Matthew Crisp | Chris Cuddihy | Ella Fallows | James Ferguson | Jessica Fine | Juliette Gerstein | Edward Grieve | Matthew Hill | Peter Jones | Simon Jones | Ian Kennedy | Owen Larter | Jennifer Lipman | Robert Loughenbury | Francis Mallinson | Andrew Marshall | Helen Martin | Bronagh McClosky | Allona McCloy | Lloyd Milton | Charlotte Morris | Tom Morrison-Bell | Caroline Nagle | Jackie Nally | Emma Pemberton-Eccles | Amy Richards | Will Sherlock | Paul Simpson | Paul Street | Sandamali Sutton | Lisa Timothy | Helen Walsh | Cath Warren | Alex West | Jennifer White | Kevin Whitmore | Alice Wood [14]

September 2013-November 2013

Gabriel Abulafia | Paul Boyfield | Joanne Bullen | Caitlin Cooper | Mike Craven | Matthew Crisp | Chris Cuddihy | Ella Fallows | James Ferguson | Jessica Fine | Juliette Gerstein | Edward Grieve | Matthew Hill | Peter Jones | Simon Jones | Ian Kennedy | Owen Larter | Jennifer Lipman | Meredith Lloyd | Robert Loughenbury | Francis Mallinson | Andrew Marshall | Helen Martin | Alex Mawer | Bronagh McClosky | Allona McCloy | Lloyd Milton | Charlotte Morris | Tom Morrison-Bell | Caroline Nagle | Jackie Nally | Emma Pemberton-Eccles | Amy Richards | Will Sherlock | Paul Street | Lisa Timothy | Lisa Tremble | Helen Walsh | Cath Warren | Jennifer White | Kevin Whitmore | Alice Wood [15]

June 2013-August 2013

Gabriel Abulafia | Sarah Atta | Sam Boyd | Paul Boyfield | Joanne Bullen | Mike Craven | Matthew Crisp | Chris Cuddihy | Ella Fallows | Jessica Fine | Juliette Gerstein | Edward Grieve | Matthew Hill | Peter Jones | Simon Jones | Ian Kennedy | Owen Larter | Jennifer Lipman | Meredith Lloyd | Robert Loughenbury | Francis Mallinson | Andrew Marshall | Alex Mawer | Bronagh McClosky | Allona McCloy | Lloyd Milton | Charlotte Morris | Tom Morrison-Bell | Caroline Nagle | Jackie Nally | Claire Neilson-Noble | Emma Pemberton-Eccles | Amy Richards | Will Sherlock [16]

March 2013-May 2013

Gabriel Abulafia | Sarah Atta | Owen Bethell | Sam Boyd | Paul Boyfield | Joanne Bullen | Mike Craven | Matthew Crisp | Chris Cuddihy | Ella Fallows | Jessica Fine | Juliette Gerstein | Matthew Hill | Peter Jones | Simon Jones | Ian Kennedy | Owen Larter | Meredith Lloyd | Francis Mallinson | Andrew Marshall | Alex Mawer | Bronagh McClosky | Allona McCloy | Lloyd Milton | Charlotte Morris | Tom Morrison-Bell | Caroline Nagle | Jackie Nally | Claire Neilson-Noble | Emma Pemberton-Eccles | Amy Richards | Will Sherlock | Mark Thomas | Lisa Timothy | Lisa Tremble | Amelia Tuckett | Helen Walsh | Cath Warren | Jennifer White [17]

December 2012-February 2013

Gabriel Abulafia | Sarah Atta | Owen Bethell | Sam Boyd | Paul Boyfield | Joanne Bullen | Emma Cerrone | Mike Craven | Matthew Crisp | Chris Cuddihy | Jessica Fine | Juliette Gerstein | Matthew Hill | Gemma Hopkins | Peter Jones | Simon Jones | Matt Keirle | Ian Kennedy | Owen Larter | Meredith Lloyd | Francis Mallinson | Andrew Marshall | Alex Mawyer | Bronagh McClosky | Allona McCloy | Lloyd Milton | Charlotte Morris | Caroline Nagle | Jackie Nally | Claire Neilson-Noble | Emma Pemberton-Eccles | Amy Richards | Will Sherlock | Amy Smith | Mark Thomas | Lisa Timothy | Lisa Tremble | Amelia Tuckett | Ella Uziell-Hamilton | Helen Walsh | Cath Warren [18]

Former staff and consultants

Clients

March 2014-May 2014

Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Air Liquide | Air Products | Alumno Developments | Anne Boden Associates | Arqiva | Barrat Homes | Barwood | Bellway | Bloor Homes | British Airways Plc | British Land | BSNA | BUPA | Burtons | Capital Communications | Celgene | City & Guilds | Cycle Alert | David Wilson Homes | ENRC | Ethical Medical Industry Group | Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd | Ford Motor Company Ltd | G15 | Gladman | Goldman Sachs International | Heath Holdings | Himor | Hippodrome Casino | Island Gas | Jelson | Linden Homes | Marketing Manchester | Mars UK Ltd | Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd | Motion Picture Assocation | MSP | National Australia Group | NBC Universal | Newcastle Race Course | Njord | Northern Trust | Opus Land | PACT | Peel Land & Property Ports Ltd | Persimmon | Pfizer Premier League | Property Alliance Group | RLAM | Segro Plc | Selbourne Group | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Stocks Hall | Taylor Wimpey | Tesco | The Anderson Group | Time Warner | TV Tax Coalition | United Utlities | UPS Europe [13]

December 2013-February 2014

Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Air Products | Alumno Developments | Arqiva | Barrat Homes | Barwood | Bloor Homes | BPI | British Airways Plc | British Land | BSNA | BUPA | Burtons | Capital Communications | Celgene | City & Guilds | Cycle Alert | Ethical Medical Industry Group | Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd | Ford Motor Company Ltd | G15 | Goldman Sachs International | Heath Holdings | Hippodrome Casino | Island Gas | Jelson | Legal and General | Linden Homes | Marketing Manchester | Mars UK Ltd | Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd | Motion Picture Assocation | National Australia Group | NBC Universal | Newcastle Race Course | Njord | Northern Trust | Opus Land | Peel Land & Property Ports Ltd | Pfizer | Premier League | Property Alliance Group | REM | RLAM | Segro Plc | Selbourne Group | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Stocks Hall | Taylor Wimpey | Tesco | The Anderson Group | Time Warner | United Utlities | UPS Europe | Woodford Land [14]

September 2013-November 2013

Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Alumno Developments | Arqiva | Barrat Homes | Barwood | Bloor Homes | BPI | British Airways Plc | BSNA | BUPA | Burtons | Capital Communications | City & Guilds | CSI | Eckland Lodge | eCorp | Enderley | Ethical Medical Industry Group | Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd | Ford Motor Company Ltd | G15 | Goldman Sachs International | Heath Holdings | Hippodrome Casino | Island Gas | Legal and General | Linden Homes | Marketing Manchester | Mars UK Ltd | Motion Picture Assocation | National Australia Group | NBC Universal | Newcastle Race Course | Njord | Northern Trust | Opus Land | Peel Land & Property Ports Ltd | Pfizer | PPR | Premier League | Property Alliance Group | REM | RLAM | Segro Plc | Selbourne Group | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Tablerone | Taylor Wimpey | Tesco | The Anderson Group | Time Warner | UPS Europe | Woodford Land [15]

June 2013-August 2013

Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Arqiva | Barrat Homes | Barwood | Bloor Homes | BPI | British Airways Plc | BSNA | BUPA | Capital Communications | City & Guilds | Deutsche Bank | Ethical Medical Industry Group | Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd | Ford Motor Company Ltd | G15 | Goldman Sachs International | Hippodrome Casino | Legal and General | Linden Homes | Mars UK Ltd | McDyre & Co Ltd | Motion Picture Assocation | National Australia Group | NBC Universal | Njord | Northern Trust | Peel Land & Property Ports Ltd | Pfizer | Premier League | Property Alliance Group | RLAM | Segro Plc | Selbourne Group | Shell | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Tablerone | Taylor Wimpey | Tesco | The Anderson Group | Time Warner | UPS Europe [16]

March 2013-May 2013

Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Ainscough Strategic Land | Arqiva | Ashall | Barrat Homes | Barwood | Bloor Homes | BPI | British Airways Plc | BSNA | BUPA | Capital Communications | City & Guilds | Deutsche Bank | Ethical Medical Industry Group | Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd | Ford Motor Company Ltd | Forest Laboratories Europe | G15 | Goldman Sachs International | Hippodrome Casino | ITV Plc | Kirklands | Legal and General | Linden Homes | Mars UK Ltd | McDyre & Co Ltd | Motion Picture Assocation | National Australia Group | NBC Universal | Njord | Northern Trust | Novartis | Peel Land & Property Ports Ltd | Pfizer | Places for People Ltd | Premier League | Property Alliance Group | RLAM | Satnam | Segro Plc | Selbourne Group | Shell | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Tablerone | Taylor Wimpey | Tesco | The Anderson Group | Time Warner | TV Coalition | UPS Europe [17]

December 2012-February 2013

Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Ainscough Strategic Land | Arqiva | Ashall | Barrat Homes | Barwood | BeatBullying | Bloor Homes | BPI | British Airways Plc | Brookhouse | BSNA | BUPA | Burtons Biscuits | CAM | Capital Communications | Cheval | City & Guilds | Crest Nicholson | David Wilson Homes | Deutsche Bank | EMR | Ethical Medical Industry Group | Fairview Estates (Housing) Ltd | Ford Motor Company Ltd | Forest Laboratories Europe | G15 | Goldman Sachs International | Greene King | Hippodrome Casino | Huntroyde Estate | IFTA | ITV Plc | Kirklands | Legal and General | Linden Homes | Mars UK Ltd | McDyre & Co Ltd | Motion Picture Assocation | National Australia Group | NBC Universal | Njord | Northern Trust | Novartis | Peel Land & Property Ports Ltd | Pfizer | Places for People Ltd | Premier League | Property Alliance Group | RLAM | Satnam | Seddon | Segro Plc | Selbourne Group | Shell | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Tablerone | Taylor Wimpey | TCS | Tesco | The Anderson Group | Time Warner | TV Coalition | UPS Europe [18]

Lobbying clients listed in 2012 include

Lobbying clients listed in 2011

[23] 118118 | Advertising Association | Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Ainscough Strategic Land | Bloor Homes | British Airways | British Recorded Music Industry | BSNA | Directly Operated Railways | E.On | Enterprise UK | Ethical Medical Industry Group | FDA | First Light | Ford Motor Company | Goldman Sachs International | Goldtique | Grantham | Greene King | Gresham House | Harrow Estates | HNJV | Island Gas | Mars UK | Monks Cross | Motion Picture Assocation | NBC Universal | Novartis | Oddfellows | PACT | Parks Partnership | Peel Land & Property Ports | Pfizer | Premier League | RLAM | RSA | Satnam | SEGRO Plc | Shell | Solicitors Regulation Association (SRA) | Taylor Wimpey | Terrace Hill Group | Tesco | The Co-operative Trust | The Legacy Trust | Time Warner | UCB Pharma | United Utilities | UPS Europe

Lobbying clients listed in 2009:[24]
Agricultural Biotechnology Council | Alexandra Palace Authority | Advertising Association | Balfour Beatty | BeeBee Developments | British Airways | Crop Protection Association | Design and Artists’ Copyright Society | Disasters Emergency Committee | EdExcel | Ethical Medicines Industry Group | Ford | CropLife International | Goldman Sachs | Green Property | Gladedale Group | HNJV Ltd | Kraft Foods UK Ltd | Landmark Information Group | Livingstone Group | Merck Sharp & Dohme | Mars UK | National Australia Group | National Heritage Lottery Fund | NBC Universal Pictures | Novartis | Places for People | Phonographic Performance Limited | Prudential Corporation | Pye Homes | Royal & SunAlliance | RAL | AEA/Scottish Power | SEGRO Plc | Solicitors Regulation Authority | Syngenta | Tesco | The Christie NHS Foundation Trust | Trainline Holdings | Travelodge | UCB Pharna | UPS Europe | Whaftland Investments

Contacts

The Connection, 198 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
http://www.lexcomm.co.uk

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The Connection, view from High Holborn
Lexington is based on the top two floors of The Connection, Dragon Lane, Covent Garden, London, a new 3,500 sq.m. office building located between High Holborn and Stukeley Street, wrapped around the southern flank of the old Holborn Town Hall.[25]

Resources

Articles

Notes

  1. Lexington Communications, APPC Register Entry for 1 December 2008 to 28 February 2009, accessed 23 Mar 2010
  2. ABC website, undated, accessed March 2006
  3. Andy Rowell, "The alliance of science", The Guardian, March 26, 2003
  4. Andy Rowell, "The alliance of science", The Guardian, March 26, 2003
  5. Lexington linked to biotech body, PR Week, February 21 2008
  6. Andy Rowell, "The alliance of science", The Guardian, March 26, 2003
  7. "Lobby and PR groups go for nano honeypot", Corporate Watch, Newsletter 26, October/November 2005
  8. Lexington website, accessed Nov 2008
  9. Lexington website, accessed Nov 2008
  10. "Industry and the EU Life Patent Directive", Corporate Europe Observatory Newsletter, No. 1, May 1998
  11. Lexington website, accessed Feb 2009
  12. Simon Jones, Lexington Communications website, accessed 4 June 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Register for 1st March 2014 - 31st May 2014 APPC, accessed September 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Register for 1st December 2013 - 28th February 2014 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Register for 1st September 2013 - 30th November 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Register for 1st June 2013 - 31st August 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Register for 1st March 2013 - 31st May 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Register for 1st December 2012 - 28th February 2013 APPC, accessed 1 October 2014
  19. Owen Bethell, Lexington Communications website, accessed 4 June 2012
  20. [www.newtons-apple.org.uk Newton's Apple think tank website], accessed Feb 2009
  21. Matt Cartmell, David Miliband's adviser Lisa Tremble moves to Lexington Communications, PR Week, 7 October 2010, accessed 13 October 2010.
  22. [APPC Register Entry for 1 December 2011 to 29 February 2012], Feb 2012
  23. APPC register, Nov 2011
  24. APPC register, to Nov 2008
  25. Christian Garnett Partners website - The Connection, undated, accessed March 2006
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