Connect calls in Hackney councillor and Margaret Hodge aide
The agency led by ex-MP Andy Sawford has made a Labour double hire.
Connect Communications has unveiled two Labour hires, including an aide to former children's minister and Commons public accounts select committee chair Margaret Hodge.
Anne Mirkovic joins the lobbying firm after four years with Hodge, interspersed with a year in public affairs for the Association of British Insurers. Since 2014 she has been Hodge’s caseworker, constituency manager and most recently her parliamentary researcher.
At the same time, Connect has brought in Sem Moema, who has worked in public affairs for Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association and the Scout Association. She was recently re-elected as a Labour councillor in Hackney.
Since 2016, Connect has been run by managing partner and former Labour MP Andy Sawford. He spent three years as MP for Corby before he was ousted by Tory Tom Pursglove in the 2015 general election.
The two hires come as many public affairs firms are still seeking to burnish their Tory credentials. In contrast, Connect appears to be positioning itself as one of the few go-to Labour lobbying agencies.
The agency has also appointed a new operations manager, Pav Basra. She was previously at Insight Communications Group and Four Communications.
Announcing the appointments, Sawford said: “Connect has enjoyed major growth over the past two years and this has given us the opportunity to search for the right people to join our team.”