Diary: Rock the Vote work endears Pendragon to Trainer

News last week that outgoing National Union of Students president Douglas Trainer was to join issues management agency Luther Pendragon raised a few eyebrows at The Communication Group (TCG).

News last week that outgoing National Union of Students president

Douglas Trainer was to join issues management agency Luther Pendragon

raised a few eyebrows at The Communication Group (TCG).



A few weeks ago TCG was on the verge of announcing that Trainer was to

join them. Trainer confirms that he was considering the agency, among

others. ’I think Peter Bingle (government and political affairs MD) is a

very smart guy and I’ve got a couple of pals there,’ he says.



John Arnold, a senior consultant at TCG, knows Trainer from his own days

as a student activist. From 1991 to 1992, Arnold was chair of Scottish

Labour Students. During that time he met Trainer, who was chair of

Strathclyde University’s Labour club.



So what lured Trainer to Luther Pendragon? Was it more money, a company

car, an annual holiday in the Maldives, or a private office complete

with Subbuteo table?



None of the above. In fact Trainer worked with Luther Pendragon on the

Rock The Vote campaign during his term at the NUS, and wanted to

continue working with the agency.



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