Top David Cameron aide sets up lobbying shop with Brexiteers
Former Number 10 director of strategy Ameet Gill is helping to establish a firm that will 'advise companies in the post-Brexit world'.
Since David Cameron took power in 2010, the lobbying world has been lacking an obvious ‘Tory agency’ run by Cameroon power players.
But that could all be about to change as two of the most highly-rated special advisers from the Cameron years are striking out.
Ameet Gill recently left Downing Street after nine years at David Cameron’s side. Most recently, he served as Cameron’s director of strategy in Number 10 and he was awarded an OBE last year.
Gill is linking up with Paul Stephenson, who was most recently director of communications for Vote Leave. Before that he was a special adviser in the Department for Transport and then in the Department for Health.
Also on board for the new venture – called Hanbury Strategy - are Vote Leave research director Oliver Lewis and communications manager Jonathan Suart.
Gill is understood to be seeking official Cabinet Office approval for the new job. When it comes (as it always does), he will not be allowed to directly lobby ministers, special advisers and officials for the next two years.
But there is nothing to stop him from advising others on how to do it…
With two respected senior special advisers from the Cameron years at the helm, Hanbury Strategy looks set to be hot new Tory lobbying shop town.
The fact that it has representatives from both sides of the Brexit debate should also help it to shake up the old order.
Speaking to Public Affairs News, Stephenson suggested that his new the agency would be well-placed to win post-Brexit business from existing public affairs agencies.
“Having both been on either side of the recent campaign we think we are better placed than many other people to advise companies in the post-Brexit world,” he claimed.