Steve Bates – known by lobby journalists as Reid’s ‘attack dog’ – will start next month as director of government affairs at Genzyme
Reid stepped down from the cabinet in May this year, after a turbulent spell as home secretary. Bates was one of three special advisers working for Reid during his stint at the Home Office and also advised Reid when he was health secretary and defence secretary.
Over the years, Bates gained a reputation as a fierce media handler, prompting The Times’ Atticus column to note in June 2006 that his ‘pugnacious approach made Reid look kindly’.
At Genzyme, Bates will be responsible for UK and Ireland government relations. The biotechnology company is headquartered in Massachusetts and employs more than 9,000 people globally. Its products focus on rare inherited disorders, kidney disease, orthopaedics, transplants, cancer and diagnostic testing.