Westminster Communications

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Westminster Communications was a lobbying firm that became known as Citigate Public Affairs. Citigate in turn merged in June 2007 with Grayling Political Strategy (GPS), a lobbying firm owned by Grayling Global, which is in turn owned by Huntsworth.

According to a PR Week report in 1995:

Sister-company to financial and corporate public relations shop Citigate, Westminster Communications provides a mix of lobbying and PR. Fee income is around pounds 2 million, of which the bulk (65 per cent) is public affairs work. The 31 staff are split between the two divisions. Specialist areas: transport, sport. Major client: British Railways Board.[1]


In 1994, four directors of Westminster Communications - including Liberal Democrat MP Menzies Campbell and Labour MP Ann Taylor - were required to stand down from the board to comply with rules set out by the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC).[2]


  1. PR Week September 29, 1995 Correction Appended Political Lobbying: Gearing up for major change - The political landscape in Britain is changing. The actions of public figures are coming under greater scrutiny and the lobbying world has had to adapt fast BYLINE: By STEVE BEVAN and AMANDA HALL
  2. Juliette Garside, "APPC faces questions over sitting peers rule"PR Week UK, 20.02.98, accessed 10.09.10