Arden Strategies hires two Labour figures including ex-shadow minister

Comms advisory firm Arden Strategies, founded by former Labour Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy, has strengthened its Labour credentials with two hires – one of them ex-MP Anna Turley.

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Anna Turley was Labour MP for Redcar between 2015 and 2019, where she served as Shadow Civil Society Minister and was a member of two select committees: the Home Affairs Committee and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. Now, she joins Arden as associate director.

The firm’s other hire, Ellie Miller, is a former head of business relations at the Labour Party, where she led its engagement team. Arden said she played a leading role supporting Keir Starmer to rebuild relations with UK business leaders. Miller will now serve as Arden’s director of external affairs.

Arden Strategies offers advisory services on PR, comms and political risk. Founded in 2015, it is thought to be one of only two UK agencies led by former Labour Cabinet ministers.

Miller said: “For the first time since 2005, Labour may form the next government, and so I’m delighted to be joining Arden’s growing team. Our Labour Directorate will help business understand Labour and Labour to understand business.”

The pair join a team in Arden’s new Labour Directorate, which includes Blair McDougall and Kieran Simpson, both former senior special advisers in the last Labour government; Shonagh Munro, who was advisor to UK Parliamentarians and the Scottish Labour deputy leader; and Alec James, former senior staffer for Labour’s General Secretary.

Murphy said: “Arden’s Labour Directorate will focus on supporting corporate and charity clients to better understand Labour’s policies, priorities, and personalities. We’ll help corporate partners prepare to think through the opportunities and challenges facing a potential Labour government.”

The agency is supporting the Labour Party’s Business Conference in December.

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