THE Con Dem Government has handed a £30,000 taxpayer-funded PR contract to the company of a Better Together boss.
Questions have been raised after it emerged the UK cabinet office’s devolution team paid the sum to Engine Partners for “communication support” in January.
The work is understood to be related to the UK Government’s campaign against Scottish independence.
Craig Harrow, convener of the Scottish Lib Dems and director of the pro-UK Better Together campaign, is in charge of the firm’s Edinburgh operations.
The SNP last night said the revelations suggest the UK Government is handing out “public money round their friends as if it were their own”.
Harrow, 45, has been masterminding the Lib Dem’s drive for a No vote and was a founding member of the Better Together campaign headed by former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling.
In addition to his role as party convener he has also acted as Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander’s election agent.
Records from Companies House show Harrow is a member of the limited liability partnership Engine Partners UK. The company’s website lists Harrow as the Edinburgh contact for business inquiries.
Engine’s Edinburgh office is at 3 Melville Crescent – right beside the Lib Dem-run Scotland Office’s HQ in the Scottish capital.