Which PR professionals won seats in the 2015 general election?

It was a disastrous night for the industry professionals standing for Parliament yesterday.

  • Click through our gallery to see the all the PR pros who ran for Parliament

    Click through our gallery to see the all the PR pros who ran for Parliament

  • Naushabah Khan, formerly of Curtin

    Naushabah Khan, formerly of Curtin

  • Daniel Hamilton, Bell Pottinger’s director of European affairs

    Daniel Hamilton, Bell Pottinger’s director of European affairs

  • David Simister, co-founder of Different PR

    David Simister, co-founder of Different PR

  • David Roach, associate director at Cardew Group

    David Roach, associate director at Cardew Group

  • Hadleigh Roberts, a PA account executive at Remarkable

    Hadleigh Roberts, a PA account executive at Remarkable

  • James Bird, associate director at Quatro PR

    James Bird, associate director at Quatro PR

  • Julia Goldsworthy, an adviser at Hanover

    Julia Goldsworthy, an adviser at Hanover

  • Kevin McKeever, Portland’s head of property and planning

    Kevin McKeever, Portland’s head of property and planning

  • Luke Pollard, ABTA’s former head of public affairs

    Luke Pollard, ABTA’s former head of public affairs

  • Peter Cuthbertson, account director role at PB Political Consulting

    Peter Cuthbertson, account director role at PB Political Consulting

  • Richard Royal, managing director of Lionheart Public Affairs

    Richard Royal, managing director of Lionheart Public Affairs

  • Steve Race, account director for public affairs and corporate communications at FleishmanHillard

    Steve Race, account director for public affairs and corporate communications at FleishmanHillard

  • William Blair, associate director at Fishburn

    William Blair, associate director at Fishburn

  • Amy Gray, government relations manager in Tesco’s group communications division

    Amy Gray, government relations manager in Tesco’s group communications division

  • Paul Harvey, a consultant at Curtin

    Paul Harvey, a consultant at Curtin

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Of the 15 who stood as candidates, 14 were defeated by their rivals, with one result undeclared at the time of going to press.

Kevin McKeever, Portland’s head of property and planning, lost his attempt to become the Labour MP for Northampton South.

James Bird, associate director at Quatro PR, was also unsuccessful in his bid to become the Conservative MP for Birmingham Green.

Other Conservative hopefuls including David Roach, associate director at Cardew Group, who stood in East Lothian, and Richard Royal, managing director of Lionheart Public Affairs, who stood in Hartlepool, were unsuccessful in their attempts to win seats.

William Blair, associate director at Fishburn, did not win for the Conservatives in Holborn & St Pancras. Amy Gray was defeated by Diane Abbott in Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

Daniel Hamilton, Bell Pottinger’s director of European affairs, also failed to win Stockport for the Conservatives and Peter Cuthbertson will return to his account director role at PB Political Consulting following his defeat as the Conservative candidate for Darlington.

Unsuccessful Labour candidates included Steve Race, account director for public affairs and corporate comms at FleishmanHillard, who stood in East Devon; and Hadleigh Roberts, a PA account executive at Remarkable, who failed to win in Thornbury & Yate constituency.

Paul Harvey, a consultant at Curtin, was not returned as the MP for Basingstoke. ABTA’s former head of public affairs, Luke Pollard, lost out in his attempt to be the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.

Julia Goldsworthy, an adviser at Hanover, did not win Camborne for the Liberal Democrats while David Simister, co-founder of Different PR, was defeated in his attempt to become the UKIP MP for Harrogate.

The result in Rochester and Strood for Naushabah Khan, formerly of Curtin, was undeclared*at the time of going to press.

*Khan lost out to Conservative candidate Kelly Tolhurst, but the former PR was elected as a Labour Councillor for Gillingham South.

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