Pro-Europe pressure group Britain in Europe, which this week
launched its high-profile campaign, is expanding its media relations and
grass-roots campaigning team.
The group currently employs ten communications and campaigns staff under
campaigns director Simon Buckby, including two media relations staff,
working for communications head Danny Alexander.
Buckby is now keen to recruit PR and campaigns officers to promote
Britain in Europe in the regions. He said he has not decided exactly how
many recruits he will take on.
His team organised and promoted yesterday’s Britain in Europe campaign
launch, held at the Waterloo Imax cinema in London and fronted by Prime
Minister Tony Blair, pro-European Conservatives Michael Heseltine and
Kenneth Clarke and Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.
Britain in Europe’s guiding principle is to promote the importance of
Britain’s role in Europe. Although not campaigning for Britain to join
the euro immediately, it is dedicated to explaining the potential
benefits of joining a successful single currency.
This week’s launch has been much heralded. It was due to take place in
September but Buckby decided to delay it until after party conference
season. A former Labour Party adviser, Buckby joined Britain in Europe
from the Financial Times in July.