Freuds nabs ex-Clarke aide

Freud Communications has enlisted Hannah Pawlby, special adviser to sacked home secretary Charles Clarke, to the ranks of its public affairs team.

Pawlby started at Freuds this week, working on an unspecified PA project. She was Clarke’s diary secretary while he was education secretary, before becoming his principal media aide as a special adviser. She moved with Clarke on his promotion to the Home Office at the end of 2004.

She became jobless in May, when Clarke was sacked after he admitted losing track of foreign prisoners who were freed rather than deported.

A Freuds spokesman said Pawlby had joined for a ‘temporary period’ and that the project would last about a month. She reports to Freuds vice-chairman Kris Thykier and head of public and social affairs Kate Garvey, who has just been appointed to the Freuds board. Garvey joined Freuds eight months ago, having been a special adviser to Tony Blair.

The moves come after Sara Latham, Freuds’ former director of PA, last week resigned as special adviser on media to Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. Latham is setting up a yet-to-be-named public affairs and crisis communications consultancy with clients including The Clinton Foundation.

Freuds represents the Anschultz Entertainment Group, whose founder it emerged this week has met Deputy PM John Prescott seven times. Anschultz is bidding to run Britain’s first super-casino.

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