Ex-Tory MPs McVey and McIntosh team up at lobbying firm

Written by @singersz on 19 November 2015 in Diary

Where does an MP who lost their seat in the 2015 election go? In to the world of lobbying of course!

The latest former parliamentarian to make the move is Esther McVey, with a job at PR and public affairs firm Hume Brophy.

The part-time post will sit alongside McVey's other new role as chair of the British Transport Police Authority.

As an ex-minister, McVey is banned from becoming “personally involved in lobbying the UK Government” on behalf of her new employer for two years. But there is nothing to stop her taking up an advisory role with the Hume Brophy, whose clients include Adobe Systems, Tate and Lyle Sugars and World Duty Free.

Thus, McVey has been given the go-ahead by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments to act as a “senior consultant with responsibility for communications, media strategy and planning for clients”.

She will link up with her former Tory colleague Anne McIntosh also who joined Hume Brophy as a senior consultant earlier this year. McIntosh served as chair of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee, but did not stand in the 2015 election after she was deselected by her constituency association.

The McVey hire has already got lobbyist tongues wagging, having been revealed by our sister title Public Affairs News last night.

Ever since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010, no consultancy has managed to seize the prized mantle of the “top Tory agency”. Among those coming close in recent years have been Hanover, set up by former Conservative communications chief Charles Lewington, and Westbourne, established by the one-time Tory parliamentary candidate (and son of a hereditary peer) James Bethell.

Hume Brophy has not been traditionally seen as a leading Tory agency. But the McIntosh and McVey double act could yet herald a significant shifting of the plates in the lobbying world...


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