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Butler Kelly and Portcullis Public Affairs' London office, 11 Haymarket

Butler Kelly is a cross-Party public affairs consultancy set up in 1998 by directors Phil Kelly and Chris Butler. [1]

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Butler and Kelley started their business association in 1995 with the formation of a public affairs unit in Grandfield Public Affairs[2].

Butler is a former Conservative MP and Secretary to the Backbench Trade and Industry Committee; before entering Parliament he was a political advisor to Number 10 and ministerial Special Advisor in the Office of Arts and Libraries and the Welsh Office.

Kelly is a former Deputy Leader of Islington Borough Council, now Chief Whip, a former advisor to the Labour Shadow Cabinet and Editor of Tribune, the Labour Party weekly paper from 1987-1991. [3]

In 1999-2000 Kelly and Butler reportedly gave the Labour Party £5000 for "tickets for dinners" and another £5000 for sponsorship. Grandfield, another Labour Party donor, had also paid over £5,000 for tickets for dinners in 1998.[source needed]


Butler Kelly say they provide a variety of services for their clients: political monitoring of Parliament, advising on how to protect your interests and find out the real agenda behind the issues raised; strengthening submissions to Government or the Opposition policy-making machinery, acting as bridges between business, Westminster, Whitehall and Local Authorities; incorporating clients views into legislation, convincing the key officials in Whitehall before any Bill is even drafted; Select Committee preparation; Local Government liaison, helping private sector clients to minimise opposition on procurement, PPP, planning and regeneration.





  • Chris Butler, former Conservative Party MP, political secretary at No. 10 and ministerial special adviser in the Office of Arts and Libraries and the Welsh Office.


  • Phil Kelly, former Deputy Leader of Islington, now Chief Whip on the Council. Former adviser to the Labour Shadow Cabinet and former Editor of Tribune the Labour Party weekly paper
  • Terry Ashton, former General Secretary of the Greater London Labour Party (involved in the selection process for London MPs, MEPs and GLA members) and was political liaison with Labour's London Parliamentary Group and with Local Authorities

Media partner

Staff members include:

  • David Nicholson, a former Conservative MP who served on the Commons Public Accounts and Education and Employment Select Committees, was PPS to the Minister for Overseas Development and a former Deputy Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce


September 2014-November 2014

Terry Ashton | Brendan Atess | Christopher Butler | Ryan Denston | Parmjit Dhanda | Lyndon Jones | Virginia Porter | Joan Ryan | Helen Smith | Tracy Sutton | Amy Trenter | Lee Wright[4]

June 2014-August 2014

Terry Ashton | Christopher Butler | Parmjit Dhanda | Lyndon Jones | Virginia Porter | Joan Ryan | Leighton Veale[5]


In August 2011 former Conservative MP Nigel Waterson, who retains a parliamentary pass, was listed as working as a consultant for Butler Kelley. He told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism however that: ‘I am careful to follow the House rules about not using my pass when visiting the house in a lobbying capacity.’ His former Parliamentary colleague the Labour MP Parmjit Dhanda was also listed as a consultant. Dhanda also had a pass after the election but has subsequently given it up. [6]

Former people


September 2014-November 2014

BALPA | Calor Gas | Portcullis on behalf of Avanta | Saga[4]

June 2014-August 2014

Calor Gas | Cubic | Saga[5]


Angel Trains | BASF | ESBI | SPAR | Calor | SAGA | Schering Plough | Thames Water [7]

Previous clients include: BAe Systems, Eli Lilly and Company, Enron Europe, the Environment Agency and Railtrack.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prison Health

According to the All-Party Register, Butler Kelly is paid by its client, MSD, to act as the group’s secretariat. [8] MSD or Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited is the UK subsidiary of Merck and Co. Inc.[9]

Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes



Address: 3rd Floor,
11 Haymarket,
Telephone: 020 7368 3115
Email: admin@butlerkellyltd.co.uk
Website: http://www.butlerkellyltd.co.uk/



  1. Butler Kelly, accessed 14 October 2010.
  2. MBO for Grandfield Public Affairs, PR Week,
  3. Butler Kelly, Meet the Team, accessed 14 October.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 19 January 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 Register 1st June 2014 - 31st August 2014 APPC, accessed 19 October 2014
  6. BIJ, [(http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/12/14/analysisformer-mps-where-are-they-now/ Former MPs – where are they now?] August 2011
  7. Butler Kelly, Clients, accessed 14 October 2010.
  8. House of Commons,All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prison Health, 1 October 2010, accessed 14 October 2010.
  9. MSD UK Home Page accessed 13 December 2007