Three public affairs consultants, Tim Clement-Jones, Glenys
Thornton and Mary Goudie are to join the House of Lords as working
peers, alongside Chime Communications chairman Sir Tim Bell (PR Week, 12
Clement-Jones, a director at Political Context since December 1996, will
join the Liberal Democrat benches. He chaired the Liberal party from
1986 to 1988, ran Paddy Ashdown’s campaign to become leader of the
Liberal Democrat party in 1988 and was vice-chairman of the party’s
general election campaign last year.
Thornton, who joined Political Context as an associate director earlier
this year, and Goudie, a freelance consultant who has worked with
agencies including Hobsbawm Macaulay, will both become Labour party
peers. Thornton was the chair of the Greater London Labour Party from
1986 to 1991 and Goudie was a Labour councillor from 1971 to 1978 and is
a founding member of the Thousand Club and the Industry Forum, two
fund-raising groups for the party.
Sir Tim Bell has been associated with the Conservative party since 1978,
when he was chairman and managing director of advertising agency Saatchi
and Saatchi. He worked alongside Peter Gummer and Maurice Saatchi - both
conferred peerages in former Prime Minister John Major’s honours list
last year - during the Conservative party’s 1997 election campaign.