Our essay-writers' tips on the rising MP and special advisor stars of tomorrow...

Brad Staples, APCO

MP: Phil Wilson, Labour – Sedgefield.

‘Phil is a talented MP and, having inherited Tony Blair’s seat, would survive even the most vicious cull of Labour MPs at the next election.’

Simon Nayyar, Citigate

MP: Nick Hurd, Conservative – Ruislip Northwood. 

‘He has undertaken some important policy work which has, so far, been relatively below the line. His profile will rise after the next election.

Special advisor: Theo Bertram, currently in Number 10. ‘Having worked for both Blair and Brown, his low profile belies his importance to, and growing influence on, the Prime Minister.

Geoff Beattie
, Cohn & Wolfe

MP: Greg Clark, Conservative – Tunbridge Wells and shadow secretary for energy and climate change

‘Greg caught the attention of the chattering classes when he became the shadow secretary for charities, social enterprise and volunteering, portrayed as the archetype of the ‘liberal progressive’ Cameron Conservative. Now he is snapping at the heels of government on issues such as ‘dithering’ over nuclear power and big rail fare increases, which couldn’t have come at a worse time for the nation’s commuters.

Tanya Joseph, Grayling

MP: Adam Afriyie, Conservative – Windsor and shadow science and innovation minister

‘He has a strong business background, bright policy ideas and excellent communication skills. It can’t be long before he is in the shadow cabinet.

Special advisor: Rupert Harrison – the political battle is on the economy right now, and Harrison is a key player on Osborne’s team.

Andrew Silverman and Fergus Wylie, Kreab Gavin Anderson

MP: Dawn Butler, Labour – Brent South.

‘She has received a personal endorsement from Barack Obama. What more can we add?’

Special advisor: Geoffrey Norris, advisor to business secretary Peter Mandelson and formerly Tony Blair. ‘The key issue here, given Geoffrey’s longevity within Government, is when will his memoirs be published? We would guage these to be of much greater interest for Whitehall watchers than those already penned by his New Labour colleagues.’

Jonny Popper, London Communications Agency

MP: Greg Hands, Conservative

‘Newly appointed to the Tory front bench as part of a revamped shadow Treasury team. Likely to be a growing influence in any future Conservative administration.

Special advisor: Sir Simon Milton. His experience leading Westminster City Council has brought much needed rigour to the Johnson team at the GLA.

Graham McMillan, chief executive, Open Road

MP: Not a current MP but two future MPs. Chuka Umunna in Streatham for Labour and Shaun Bailey in Hammersmith for the Conservatives. Chuka is articulate and well-liked. Shaun is close to Cameron and good on social policy.

Special advisor: Matt Hancock, Conservative chief economic advisor. He is in a key position influencing Tory policy on the defining issue of the economy.

Henry Goodwin, TLG

MP: Nick Hurd, Conservative – Ruislip Northwood.

‘Intellect and charm go a long way in Westminster.’

Special advisor: Dan Corry, Number 10’s new Economic Task Force leader – the defining issue of the next election.

Jon McLeod, chairman of UK corporate & public affairs, Weber Shandwick

MP: Priti Patel, prospective parliamentary candidate for a safe Tory Essex seat, and a future star of Cameron’s team. Also a colleague of mine.

Special advisor: Geoggrey Norris at the Department of business, enterprise and regulatory reform. The hardy perennial. Sphinx-like sage who understands business and Government.

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