Manufacturing taskforce picks Merchant for PR

Piers Merchant, the disgraced former Tory MP, has been hired by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He takes the role of campaigns manager for the London Manufacturing Group.

Piers Merchant, the disgraced former Tory MP, has been hired by the

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He takes the role of campaigns

manager for the London Manufacturing Group.



Merchant will oversee the newly-formed London Manufacturing taskforce,

which brings together leading manufacturers from London with

representatives from the mayor’s office and the Greater London

Authority.



The first job of the taskforce, which has not yet appointed all its

members, will be to assess the impact of the end of car production at

Ford’s Dagenham plant. It will also lobby the GLA on manufacturing

issues.



As well as campaigns, Merchant is tasked with raising the profile of the

London manufacturing sector. The London Manufacturing Group, a joint

initiative between the London Chamber of Commerce and the CBI, was set

up in 1996 to act as a voice for the manufacturing sector in London.



Merchant was the Tory MP for Beckenham for ten years until his

resignation in October 1997 over his affair with teenage assistant Anna

Cox. He has also worked as director of corporate publicity for former

power engineering company NEI, and was director of corporate affairs at

the Advertising Association in 1992.



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