David Cameron’s key lieutenants line up for lobbying jobs
Four of the PM’s top advisers are now working for lobbying firms.
David Cameron’s former press secretary has become the latest member of the ex-prime minister’s entourage to head into the corporate lobbying world.
Graeme Wilson has been hired by the financial lobbying firm Tulchan Communications as a partner.
Public Affairs News – a sister title to Total Politics – reports that Wilson will be working in the firm’s policy advisory practice.
Wilson was deputy political editor at The Sun before he was snared by the then prime minister in 2013 and paid a salary of £110,000. He recently left Downing Street after approaching three years as Cameron’s press secretary
By moving to a lobbying firm, Wilson follows in the footsteps of his former colleagues Craig Oliver, Ameet Gill and Caroline Preston – all of whom have made a similar move since Theresa May entered Number 10.
The American-owned lobbying firm Teneo Strategy recently hired Oliver, former Number 10 communications director. While working for Cameron, Oliver was the prime minister's joint best-paid adviser on paid salary of £140,000. He has been signed by Teneo as a senior managing director to provide “strategic advice” to international companies on a range of issues including Brexit.
Until a few months ago, Gill was Cameron’s director of strategy in Number 10 on a salary of £98,000. Since Cameron's resignation, he has set up a new lobbying shop "to advise companies in the post-Brexit world". Hanbury Strategy has been established by Gill and former Tory special adviser Paul Stephenson.
Meanwhile Preston recently joined Stonehaven, a marketing and public affairs agency founded by Peter Lyburn, a former associate of Lynton Crosby. She was previously paid £85,000 as head of broadcasting at Number 10.
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