Mark Hanson, deputy managing director of Wolfstar Consultancy and a key contributor to the Labour Party’s new media strategy, has died tragically at the age of 36.
Hanson joined Wolfstar in 2009, having previously worked as a consultant at Staniforth.
He was well-known in Labour circles and worked closely with senior party figures in the run-up to the 2010 general election.
He passed away yesterday after battling against depression.
A statement from Wolfstar this morning mourned his untimely death.
It stated: ‘Mark was highly valued member of the Wolfstar Consultancy team, a truly professional and experienced public relations practitioner.
"His thinking contributed to the development of the public relations profession and he was a genuine pioneer in modernised media relations.
‘He is also well recognised for the enormous contribution he made to the Labour Party’s new media strategy. He will be sorely missed on both a professional and personal level by all at Wolfstar Consultancy and those that had the pleasure of working with him.
‘Mark had been depressed for a very long time and bravely battling against the illness. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.’
Former deputy prime minister John Prescott was among those paying tribute to Hanson this morning.
Writing on his Twitter feed, Prescott said: ‘So sad to hear about Mark Hanson's death. A great campaigner who inspired me and many others. Thank you comrade.’