Edelman UK public affairs MD quits to go into politics

Stephen Lotinga has quit his role as MD of public affairs at Edelman in the UK, only weeks after joining from Bell Pottinger, to take the position of communications director to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

LONDON: Stephen Lotinga has quit his role as MD of public affairs at Edelman in the UK, only weeks after joining from Bell Pottinger, to take the position of communications director to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Lotinga, who will join near the end of this month, was a senior adviser to the Liberal Democratic Party on public services and health before joining Bell Pottinger as an account director following the 2010 general election.

In January he took the role of MD of public affairs at Edelman and joined the agency last month, succeeding Chris Rumfitt.

At the end of January, the deputy prime minister’s communications role became vacant when Emma Gilpin-Jacobs resigned after just two months in the role.

The party said that Gilpin-Jacobs quit because it became clear that the requirements of this position at this stage have a greater political and operational focus than the more corporate communications role that was originally envisaged, which is Gilpin-Jacobs’ specialty.

Commenting on Lotinga's hiring, Clegg special adviser James McGrory told PRWeek UK: that "[Lotinga] is both a lifelong supporter of the Liberal Democrats and a very experienced communications professional."
Lotinga could not be reached for comment.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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