Council leader Kevin Davis says PR firm Cratus will not work inside Kingston

New leader Coun Kevin Davis

New leader Coun Kevin Davis

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The new Conservative leader of Kingston Council has said he will no longer take PR work within the borough through his firm Cratus.

Councillor Kevin Davis was installed as leader last week.

The firm's clients have included CNM Estates, with Cratus helping present plans for the old Gala Bingo hall last year, and Amro, the company behind the new student flats at 1, Penryhn Road.

Coun Davis said: “We are not doing any work for CNM. Cratus has pulled out of Kingston. We took a commitment some time ago that we will not work where we have elected members.”

In a web statement the company said: “In line with our company policy and desire to prevent any conflict of interest we will honour existing commitments, but will no longer accept any more work in connection with the Royal Borough.

“We wish Kevin well in working with his new councillor colleagues in serving Kingston residents over the next four years.”

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12:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

UKIP Surbiton says...

Kevin Davis also works and is listed as director at another PR planning company called Middlemarch communications. http://www.middlemar
chcomms.co.uk/people
/kevin-davis . This is all sure to keep the compliance dept at RBK very busy .
Kevin Davis also works and is listed as director at another PR planning company called Middlemarch communications. http://www.middlemar chcomms.co.uk/people /kevin-davis . This is all sure to keep the compliance dept at RBK very busy . UKIP Surbiton
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12:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

UKIP Surbiton says...

I hope so ... https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/uploads/sy
stem/uploads/attachm
ent_data/file/140313
/130312_Letter_to_Hi
lary_Benn.pdf
I hope so ... https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/140313 /130312_Letter_to_Hi lary_Benn.pdf UKIP Surbiton
  • Score: 6

9:52am Tue 3 Jun 14

0753waterloo says...

Cratus also worked on the surbiton filter beds proposal. I wonder if that Is that part of 'existing commitments' ?
Cratus also worked on the surbiton filter beds proposal. I wonder if that Is that part of 'existing commitments' ? 0753waterloo
  • Score: 4

11:01am Tue 3 Jun 14

PeterSaint says...

Whatever happened to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles' plans to root out the shadowy planning lobbyists??? (see http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/politics
/10250608/Eric-Pickl
es-Shadowy-planning-
lobbyists-must-be-ex
posed.html)

Am sure Middlemarch Comms aren't thinking of filling the space vacated by Cratus in Kingston.... are they???

Kevin Davis would never sanction that because it would be a clear conflict of interest.
Whatever happened to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles' plans to root out the shadowy planning lobbyists??? (see http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/politics /10250608/Eric-Pickl es-Shadowy-planning- lobbyists-must-be-ex posed.html) Am sure Middlemarch Comms aren't thinking of filling the space vacated by Cratus in Kingston.... are they??? Kevin Davis would never sanction that because it would be a clear conflict of interest. PeterSaint
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