David Hill advises Patricia Hewitt over Dispatches lobbying sting

Former Downing Street director of comms David Hill has been advising embattled Labour MP Patricia Hewitt in the wake of this week's lobbying exposé by The Sunday Times and Channel 4.

Advice to Patricia Hewitt: David Hill
Advice to Patricia Hewitt: David Hill

The Bell Pottinger Group director told PRWeek that he had provided advice to the former secretary of state for health on ‘an unpaid, un-contracted basis’.

The advice on handling the media does not extend to Geoff Hoon and Stephen Byers.

The three former Labour cabinet ministers have been suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party over allegations they tried to sway policy decisions by lobbying the Government.

The allegations came after the MPs were caught boasting to undercover reporters that they had changed government policy and secured preferential access to ministers for private companies.

Hill was director of communications at Downing Street until 2007, when he took his current job as director for the Bell Pottinger Group.

He now works in Bell Pottinger’s Collective, a consultancy that deals with UK and international clients that have multi-disciplinary needs.

Hill has worked for the Labour Party in the past – he was the chief spokesperson from 1991 to 1998.

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