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UK’s House of Lords questions Bell Pottinger’s conduct

House of Lords member Peter Hain wants clarity on whether what the PRCA found constitutes a contravention of the UK's trade policies.

Picture: @BellPottinger/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Questions have been tabled on Bell Pottinger's conduct in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.

The PR firm was this week expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) over the campaigns it ran for a Gupta company.

Now, House of Lords member Peter Hain has tabled questions pertaining to Bell Pottinger’s work in South Africa.

Hain wants to know whether any UK government staff were aware of the nature of the contract between Gupta-owned Oakbay and Bell Pottinger.

He’s also seeking clarity on whether what the PRCA found constitutes a contravention of the UK's trade policies.

It’s just one more piece of negative publicity in a very bad week for Bell Pottinger.

CEO James Henderson resigned ahead of the PRCA’s damning ruling.

Then the regulatory body released the full report which, amongst other things, found the firm acted unethically.

LISTEN: Bell Pottinger founder on why he stepped down

The body’s Francis Ingha says: “If it can’t manage its own reputation, how can you manage that of your client?”

Even Bell Pottinger’s founder had no words of comfort, saying he thought the Oakbay account was “smelly” from the start.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)