Lee departure weakens WS links to New Labour

Mike Lee, Westminster Strategy’s deputy managing director and one of the most high profile New Labour lobbyists, is leaving after six years.

Mike Lee, Westminster Strategy’s deputy managing director and one

of the most high profile New Labour lobbyists, is leaving after six

years.



Lee will operate as a freelance consultant for the next few months while

considering his career options. These include setting up a political

communications and change management consultancy with his partner,

Lambeth Council CEO Heather Rabbatts (PR Week, 23 July).



After he leaves at the end of the month, he will provide communications

advice to Islington Council and the Premier League. These are both

existing WS clients which Lee was instrumental in securing and which the

agency will split with him - Westminster Strategy will continue to

handle basic PR for both.



Lee, who resigned this week, said: ’It is time for new challenges and

for a slightly different direction in my professional life.’



Lee joined WS as an account manager from the office of current

Employment and Education Secretary David Blunkett, where he was senior

researcher.



His departure leaves WS with fewer contacts in Blairite circles. Its

remaining Labour consultants are better connected to the party’s left

wing and to the Wales Labour Party. WS managing director Michael Burrell

said he had no immediate plans to replace Lee as his deputy.



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