Top four lobbying agency Westminster Strategy (WS) is to merge with
Political Context to create a 45-strong outfit with an estimated fee
income of pounds 2.5 million.
Political Context will add its nine-strong offices in Cardiff and
Westminster to WS’s 35-strong team based in Edinburgh, Brussels and
Westminster. In addition WS has an affiliate agency, Stormont Strategy,
in Belfast. ’It gives us strong operations in Edinburgh, Cardiff,
Brussels and London, at a time when lobbying is going to change with a
new regional style of government,’ said WS managing director Michael
The move means that two of the most senior members of Political
Context’s team, Lord Clement-Jones and Baroness Thornton, will cease to
be involved with the company as WS is a member of the Association of
Professional Political Consultants which forbids its members from having
financial links with peers.
Political Context was founded in November 1996 by Leighton Andrews,
previously corporate affairs head at the BBC. WS parent company Lopex
has acquired 100 per cent of the shares in the company. Andrews
explained the rationale behind the sale: ’We were expanding quite fast
and we didn’t want to be so big that we were spending most of our time
on the administration of running a small business. We wanted to focus on
the client side.’
Andrews will be a director of WS and will report to Burrell.