Public Affairs: Tory insider for Portland

Portland has snared a new consultant with Tory links, as it prepares to lose one of its current Conservative lobbyists.

Tim Allan's agency has signed up Mencap parliamentary officer Ruth Ferrer-Lengton as a senior account manager. Before Mencap, she worked as an aide to Tory front benchers Iain Duncan Smith, Nick Gibb and Tim Loughton.

David Wilson, associate partner at Portland, said: 'We are delighted Ruth is joining. Her experience places her in a great position to grow Portland's client base.'

The agency is losing account manager Tara Singh, who has worked for the Policy Exchange and as an adviser to the shadow cabinet. Singh is joining Centrica as public affairs manager.

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