NEWS: Baynes’ quick exit from Westminster Strategy

Defence lobbyist Joe Baynes has parted company with Westminster Strategy after just four days.

Defence lobbyist Joe Baynes has parted company with Westminster Strategy

after just four days.



A former director of Market Access International, where he had worked

for almost eight years, Baynes started work at Westminster Strategy at

the beginning of the month (PR Week 4 April) with the intention of

starting a new defence and aerospace group.



However, it is understood that Baynes never actually signed his contract

and that he left at Easter.



Former army officer Baynes, 36, declined to give the reasons for his

decision and referred enquiries to Westminster Strategy. However, he did

say there was ‘no ill feeling’ on either side.



Managing director of Westminster Strategy, Michael Burrell blamed

Baynes’ departure on ‘contractual difficulties’ and indicated the

company would be recruiting, although not necessarily a defence expert.



Referring to the appointment of former special adviser John Bercow he

said: ‘We’re pleased to have John Bercow with us and are planning

further recruitment both at senior and junior levels’.



Baynes left Market Access’ defence unit in January, shortly after the

departure of unit head Mark Francois.



Bercow joins, p4



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