Fleishman-Hillard swoops for trio of Tory lobbyists

Fleishman-Hillard has further strengthened its Tory credentials by hiring a trio of Conservative lobbyists.

The most senior of the new hires is Andrew Cumpsty, former head of external affairs at McDonald's and current leader of the Conservative Group on Reading Council.

Cumpsty is also chairman of The Enterprise Forum, set up to facilitate dialogue between the Conservative Party and the business community. In 1997, he was selected as Conservative PPC.

Cumpsty joins from his role as a director at PPS Group and takes the title senior policy adviser. In addition, F-H has hired Four Communications consultant Laura Perry, who sits on the governing body of right-wing think tank The Bow Group.

The final addition to F-H's public affairs team is James McLoughlin, who has been a press officer at Conservative Central Office and currently leads Conservative Future's 'Working Life' team, which aims to involve young Conservatives in business.

F-H's head of public affairs Nick Williams said: 'These are three great additions to our public affairs team and build on our existing strong expertise in Conservative politics. As we approach the party conference, and with only seven months until the expected general election, being able to offer insight into the unfolding political shift is more important than ever.'

The news comes two months after F-H hired Tory PPC Chris Heaton-Harris (PRWeek, 15 July).

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