Foresight nets ex-defence minister

Foresight Communications has snapped up former defence minister Ivor Caplin as a senior consultant.

Caplin stood down from Parliament as the Labour MP for Hove at last year's general election. He joined the Ministry of Defence in 2003 from the Whip's Office, and had a stint as parliamentary private secretary to Margaret Beckett.

Foresight MD Mark Adams said Caplin's 'comprehensive insight into how the Labour government works and how to influence policy making' would benefit all clients. He added it would not be 'rushing him forward in the defence arena', where clients include the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company.

Adams stressed Caplin 'would not be assigned to any client or project where he would be required to make inappropriate use of knowledge gained as a minister'.

Foresight consultant Andrew Hobson was once Caplin's researcher.

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