Lawson to leave LLM for Compass

LLM co-founder Neal Lawson has revealed details of his departure from the agency he set up seven years ago.

The former aide to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who was embroiled in the 1998 ‘lobbygate’ scandal, has confirmed he is to leave the agency by the end of the year to work at Compass, the left-wing pressure group he co-founded last year.

He denied there was any other reason for his departure and that he was looking to concentrate more on Compass and his political writing, in particular his role as editor of the Labour journal Renewal.

Lawson’s exit also follows his failure to gain the Labour candidacy for Bridgend at the next general election. A spokeswoman for the Welsh constituency said he failed to make the shortlist. Lawson said he was not looking for another seat.

LLM co founders John Mendelsohn – who worked in Tony Blair’s office while in opposition – and Ben Lucas, who like Lawson was a former employee of public affairs outfit Lowe Bell Political, have declined to comment.

Lawson and LLM hit the headlines during the Observer lobbygate scandal six years ago, when the firm was one of a number of PA agencies targeted by undercover reporters at the newspaper.

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