Another Labour councillor joins Peter Bingle’s lobbying agency
Danny Hackett is the latest recruit at Terrapin Communications.
Prominent Tory-supporting lobbyist Peter Bingle has made a second bid to hire a Labour councillor to his growing property-focused public affairs agency.
Danny Hackett joins Terrapin Communications as an account manager. He became a councillor in the London Borough of Bexley in 2014 and stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup in the 2017 general election, losing out to Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire.
Bingle, former chairman at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, said that Hackett would not be involved in any projects in Bexley but that he had “a detailed knowledge of local government and will bring this experience to the table for Terrapin's growing client list”.
Hackett is the second Labour councillor to join seven-strong Terrapin Communications after Adam Jogee took a job with the agency last year. The Haringey Labour councillor left this summer after local newspaper The Ham & High raised questions about the council’s links to the lobbying firm. He is now understood to be working for an MP.
Terrapin’s clients include a range of housebuilders and property services firms, such as Bellway Homes, Barratt Homes and Willmott Dixon.
In a statement on the new job, Hackett said: “I am delighted to re-enter the property world as an account manager for Terrapin Communications. For years now politicians have said that London is moving east, and as we see the rapid expansion finally come to fruition, I am delighted to be part of a team that is leading the way for an exciting and wide-ranging set of clients.”
Bingle commented: “We are delighted that Danny is joining us. He is bright, enthusiastic and has a great network across London but particularly in the east of our great capital city. These are challenging times. Danny’s arrival represents a significant strengthening of our offering for clients.”