Harman comms chief moves on to start up agency

The top PRO on Harriet Harman’s deputy leadership camp­aign is to capitalise on her success by setting up a new agency.

Janice Muir was head of strategic PR for Harman, who this weekend emerged victorious from the seven-week contest to replace John Prescott, deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Muir told PRWeek: ‘We had to create the Harman brand. We had to position her radical, but we couldn’t position her as leftwing.’

Before joining the Harman campaign, Muir worked on a ­freelance basis for the UN and the World Health Organisation. She wound up a previous consultancy three years ago. Her new venture, The Partnership, is being set up with two voluntary sector PROs.

Tony Blair’s former director of comms David Hill is also plotting his next move. Hill is understood to have spoken with senior figures at Bell Pottinger about a possible return, but Bell Pottinger chairman Kevin Murray insisted nothing had been agreed.

One senior source in the lobbying industry said Hill had indicated he would be ‘doing something on his own, advising senior executives but not setting up an agency’.

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