Former Mowlam aide Lappin to join GPC International

Andrew Lappin - the former special adviser to ex-Northern Ireland

secretary Mo Mowlam - is to join public affairs shop GPC


Lappin is set to take up the post of senior policy adviser in April,

specialising in policy counselling and media relations.

The former government adviser worked for Mowlam during her time as

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Minister for the Cabinet

Office, handling media relations, speech-writing and strategy.

He previously worked in a similar role for David Clark MP, the former

minister for public service.

GPC London managing director Kevin Bell, to whom Lappin will report,

said: 'There are not many people who specialise in both policy counsel

and media handling skills, which is increasingly important.

'Andrew will work across the board with clients, telling them how the

Government thinks and works,' Bell added.

Lappin is currently writing on a freelance basis for the New Statesman

on Whitehall and Westminster issues, alongside writing a novel based on

his experiences as a government special adviser.

'I was keen to get a bit of commercial experience,' said Lappin.

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