Stonewall looking to fill its PA post as Deshmukh leaves

Gay rights group Stonewall is to launch a hunt for a director of parliamentary affairs following the announcement this week that Sacha Deshmukh is to quit the role to return to consultancy work.

Deshmukh has announced that in August he is to rejoin AS Biss &Co, the lobbying firm he quit last summer to lead Stonewall’s lobbying efforts.

Campaigns he has been involved with at Stonewall include last month’s unsuccessful attempt to gain Government backing for increased hate crime sentences.

Last year he was involved in the attempt - this time successful - to gain a Government committment to recognise the legality of same sex partnerships.

Deshmukh says one of the priorities for his successor will be to push for legislation on the issue.

Ben Summerskill, appointed as Stonewall’s chief executive earlier this year, said that AS Biss and Deshmukh will advise on lobbying until a successor is appointed.

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