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London, 10th July - The PRCA has defended the City and its lobbying efforts, responding to claims from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in today's Guardian.

Francis Ingham, PRCA Chief Executive, said: “Lobbying is an absolutely integral part of the democratic process. The City and its regulatory framework are rightly subject to much political debate. So it is absolutely correct that the City's voice should be heard.

“There is nothing wrong in putting your arguments to government. The City contributes a vast amount to the wealth of our country, and it has as much right to be heard as everybody else.

“The argument that making your side of the case is somehow improper is patently absurd. The prejudiced view that only those whose industry you like should have the right to lobby is the antithesis of everything good journalism should stand for.”

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Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, PR freelancers and individuals. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

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