Another ex-aide to Theresa May enters the lobbying industry

Written by David Singleton on 22 September 2017 in Diary

Craig Woodhouse has taken the shilling. But why are no Corbynistas doing the same?

If the UK’s top lobbyists thinks that Jeremy Corbyn has a chance of winning the next general election, they have an interesting way of showing it.

This year, a host of Tory operators have found their way to public affairs firms.

Portland Communications has led the way by capturing two of Theresa May’s top Number 10 advisers, Will Tanner and Nick Hargrave. Other recent entrants to the public affairs industry include May’s former press secretary Lizzie Loudon at Hanbury Strategy, Greg Clarks’ ex-special adviser Meg Chandler Powell at Burson Marsteller and Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Will Walden at Edelman.

And now top lobbying firm Edelman has joined in the fun once again - by signing up former Sun journalist and Conservative party adviser Craig Woodhouse.

Woodhouse enters the public affairs world after four years at The Sun and eight months as special adviser to culture secretary Karen Bradley. He also endured a brief stint in Number 10 as May’s press secretary in the immediate aftermath of the general election, when many aides were jumping ship.

Meanwhile the number ex-aides to Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott who have been tempted into the UK lobbying industry stands at somewhere around zero.

But it is not because lobbyists are trying to avoid Corbyn and his team.

"There’s been a total revolution in the public affairs industry with regards to Jeremy Corbyn," one lobbying agency boss recently told Public Affairs News. Corbyn in Number 10 is now a realistic possibility. So clients are very very interested in the Labour party now."

The problem, says one Labour insider, is that Corbyn and his team are avoiding the lobbyists:

"For those who believe in the Corbyn mission, this is the time to be on the bus - not to get off it and cash in."



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