Ivor Caplin

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Ivor Caplin (born 08 November 1958, Brighton) is a former UK defence minister and the former Labour MP for Hove.

After the 2001 election he joined the government payroll as an assistant whip and was appointed junior defence minister in June 2003. He kept his ministerial position until April 2005.[1]

He currently runs his own company, Ivor Caplin Consultancy, which he set up in August 2005. [2]

He was listed on the APPC register as working for Bellenden Public Affairs from March 2014-September 2014.[3].

Providing insights into government

Caplin is a senior consultant to lobbying firm Foresight Communications. His biography on its website states that he is 'able to offer Foresight's clients genuine insights into the workings of the Government'. [4]

Foresight’s clients include aerospace and defence company EADS, which holds a stake in missiles business MBDA (alongside BAE Systems and Finmeccanica). Foresight also conducts lobbying and PR for the consortium (EADS, BAE Systems, Finmeccanica, etc) that is building the £20 billion Eurofighter jet.

According to Spinwatch:

When it was announced in 2006 that Foresight was employing former Defence Minister, Ivor Caplin, Mark Adams was at pains to point out that Caplin “would not be assigned to any client or project where he would be required to make inappropriate use of knowledge gained as a Minister.” Six months after taking the job, Caplin was criticised by a Whitehall vetting committee for accepting the job as a defence industry lobbyist without seeking official permission. Caplin had not only taken a lobbying job with Foresight but also MBDA Missile Systems. The committee ordered Caplin to not “become personally involved in lobbying ministers or officials for 12 months”. [5]

Private sector consultancies and contracts


Address: Ivor Caplin Consultancy

1/15 William Road, London NW1 3ER
PO BOX 1295 20 STATION ROAD, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8EL /SL9 8GB


Notes and References

  1. BBC, Ivor Caplin, accessed 25 November 2008.
  2. Ivor Caplin Consultancy, CompanyCheck, accessed 22 February 2012
  3. Register 1st June 2014 - 31st August 2014 APPC, accessed 16 October 2014
  4. Ivor Caplin, Senior Consultant, accessed 22 February 2012
  5. Spinning the Wheels, SpinWatch. See also Robert Winnet, Ex-minister ignored rule and took job as lobbyist The Sunday Times, 4 June 2006.
  6. Ivor Caplin, LinkedIn, accessed 22 February 2012
  7. Campaign Against Arms Trade, Call the shots. The Revolving Door, accessed 25 November 2008.
  8. Foresight Consulting website, accessed Feb 2009
  9. APPC register, to Nov 2008
  10. APPC register, to Nov 2008