Three of Politics International’s most senior staff have resigned,
in a move that has wiped out most of the agency’s top, Labour-affiliated
Five senior staff have left the agency since last summer. The
forthcoming departure of two department heads and a senior consultant
leave 20 permanent staff and six freelances.
The departures of Chris Guyver last summer and business unit head Rod
Cartwright in the autumn - to establish GCI Political Counsel - have
been followed by the resignation of Kate Nicholls, who was head of the
food and retail unit, Jim Nicholls (no relation), in charge of transport
clients, and senior consultant Ken Penton, a former adviser to
environment minister Michael Meacher.
The structure of Politics International is such that all three are
qualified to hold shares in the company, and at least one exiting
department head does.
Dunlop, a former policy adviser to Baroness Thatcher, dismissed
speculation that many Labour-friendly lobbyists were leaving the
Penton and Jim Nicholls joined in 1997 after working for various Labour
figures in opposition. Kate Nicholls joined from the public affairs team