Public affairs consultancy GPC Connect has hired Steve Barwick, the
former Parliamentary adviser to President of the Board of Trade Margaret
Beckett, in one of the more senior post-election appointments.
A pivotal figure in Beckett’s team in Opposition since 1994, Barwick
acted as adviser and media officer to Beckett while she was shadow
Health Secretary and subsequently shadow Trade and Industry
Prior to 1994 he worked for Dawn Primarolo MP, now a Treasury minister
and Alice Mahon MP, now PPS to Chris Smith MP.
Barwick joined the agency last week, but says he had been talking to GPC
for some time before Labour’s landslide victory. ’I was attracted to
GPC’s mix of profit and non-profit clients which is in tune with New
Labour,’ he said.
He will focus on trade and industry issues affecting both commercial and
non-profit organisations and unions, including the Competition Bill, the
Low Pay Commission and proposed legislation on late payments for small
The agency is also talking to a number of other former front bench
advisers and party workers looking to move into the commercial world
following the election.
- AS Biss and Co has hired Tim Payton, a former researcher for former
shadow Sports and Tourism Minister Tom Pendry MP. The move reunites
Payton, who has been closely involved in the development of Labour’s
tourism and hospitality and sports policy, with Labour’s former head of
corporate relations Nicki Lewis, who joined Biss in January.