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
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
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.