Burson-Marsteller has recruited Roger Lowry from the Liberal
Democrats to work in its public affairs department.
Now the chief intermediary between the Lib Dems and the Government,
Lowry, who has worked in various capacities for the party over the past
six years, is joining B-M as a senior associate next month.
His most recent role has been to act as liaison officer for the five
Liberal Democrat members of the Cabinet Office, putting forward
proposals on how the two parties can work more closely together.
Reporting directly to Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown, he has been at the
centre of negotiations between Ashdown and Prime Minister Tony Blair in
the area of constitutional reform.
His departure to B-M in the first week of February comes as the joint
agreement between the two parties moves into other areas of mutual
interest, such as home and foreign policy.
Lowry, who began working for the party in 1992 as an assistant to chief
whip Archie Kirkwood, said: ’I think after six years with the party it
is time to move on and seek other challenges. As we begin to move from
purely constitutional reform to a wider remit it has presented me with a