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
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