Politics International loses bulk of Labour team

Three of Politics International’s most senior staff have resigned, in a move that has wiped out most of the agency’s top, Labour-affiliated team.

Three of Politics International’s most senior staff have resigned,

in a move that has wiped out most of the agency’s top, Labour-affiliated

team.



Five senior staff have left the agency since last summer. The

forthcoming departure of two department heads and a senior consultant

leave 20 permanent staff and six freelances.



The departures of Chris Guyver last summer and business unit head Rod

Cartwright in the autumn - to establish GCI Political Counsel - have

been followed by the resignation of Kate Nicholls, who was head of the

food and retail unit, Jim Nicholls (no relation), in charge of transport

clients, and senior consultant Ken Penton, a former adviser to

environment minister Michael Meacher.



The structure of Politics International is such that all three are

qualified to hold shares in the company, and at least one exiting

department head does.



Dunlop, a former policy adviser to Baroness Thatcher, dismissed

speculation that many Labour-friendly lobbyists were leaving the

agency.



Penton and Jim Nicholls joined in 1997 after working for various Labour

figures in opposition. Kate Nicholls joined from the public affairs team

at Whitbread.



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