Steven Norris, failed Conservative candidate in the London mayoral
elections, has joined Citigate Public Affairs as a consultant.
The former MP, transport minister and businessman said: ’I don’t pretend
to be a PR professional.’ But he will offer experience and contacts.
’What I bring is grey hair, an enormous Rolodex, considerable practical
business experience and an instinct for good messaging and
In return, he said that Citigate will provide ’infrastructure
His own advisory business, Steve Norris Limited, will effectively be
dormant while he is with Citigate, although he will continue to service
clients such as bus operator FirstCapital and web designer The Internet
Although Norris is based at Citigate Public Affairs, he will work across
He categorically denied that he had been offered a formal PR role in the
Tories’ next general election campaign (PR Week, 26 May), but reiterated
he is willing to help. ’I have talked to William Hague and we discussed
how I could continue my involvement,’ he said. ’It is an ongoing