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