Political balance is an asset in lobbying, but Ludgate Public
Affairs may be taking it too far. London’s mayoral election will be held
in May, but the primaries are already pitting Ludgate colleagues against
each other. Even managing director Stephen Lock is weighing in for
Labour hopeful Glenda Jackson.
Divisional director Alex Challoner is working evenings and weekends on
Steve Norris’s campaign for the Conservative nomination. A ’senior Tory
strategist’ by his own reckoning, Challoner is Norris’s media relations
adviser. He describes himself as ’the back end of a pantomime horse’,
backing up Ceri Evans, the candidate’s full-time PRO.
The minority interest is headed by account director Samantha Vaughan, an
active Liberal Democrat in her Surbiton constituency and vocally
supportive of Susan Kramer, the Lib Dem candidate. Vaughan has the help
of fellow account director Michael Davies. ’We have endless political
rows at work,’ says Vaughan.