Conservative aide moves to Fleishman-Hillard

Fleishman-Hillard has further strengthened its links with the Conservatives by hiring an aide to shadow cabinet member Theresa May.

Shaya Raymond will join the agency as consultant. He is currently a political researcher to May, shadow leader of the House and former party chairman.

Before joining May’s private office, Raymond worked in the Conservative research department during the 2005 election campaign. He is the second Con­ser­vative aide to join F-H this year, after the agency signed up David Cameron’s former press and campaign manager Sophie Pim as a senior consultant (PRWeek, 19 January).

The agency has also produced a guide to the likely programme of a Conservative government, called ‘The Cameron Environment’.

So far, the Cameron team has hesitated to make firm policy commitments. But the party’s policy groups are preparing to unveil their findings later this summer. The guide states: ‘The overarching message will be one of social ­responsibility.’

It goes on to outline a number of potential policies in 10 key areas including the environment, education and foreign affairs.

Kevin Bell, regional president for the UK, Africa and the Middle East at F-H, said: ‘The document shows that the Cameron approach will not be revolutionary. ­Instead, we expect him to shun upheaval and stand on a manifesto of continuity.

‘This will allow Cameron to canvass public opinion without allowing the Labour party to scaremonger about his position.’

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