Labour researcher takes BNFL public affairs role

Pete Metcalfe this week became the first of an expected flood of former Labour researchers to move into in-house lobbying with his appointment as public affairs manager at British Nuclear Fuels.

Pete Metcalfe this week became the first of an expected flood of

former Labour researchers to move into in-house lobbying with his

appointment as public affairs manager at British Nuclear Fuels.



Metcalfe, 24, was former researcher to Labour’s energy minister John

Battle. He joins the nuclear reprocessing company on Monday, as

replacement for Tom McLaughlan, who has held the job for the past seven

years.



McLaughlan himself is off to Tokyo, on secondment to the British embassy

as atomic energy counsellor.



Reporting to head of public affairs Grace McFlynn at BNFL’s headquarters

in Risley, Cheshire, Metcalfe will front up the London end of the

company’s public affairs programme.



His main policy objective will be to ensure that BNFL is treated like

any other private company - to ’get us off the news pages and on to the

business pages’, as one insider put it.



A major development later this year will be the merger with Magnox

Electric.



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