Culture secretary Jeremy Wright looks to the lobbying world for special advisers
The cabinet minister has signed up public affairs professionals from EE and Finsbury.
The recently-appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport has hired two lobbyists to be his special advisers.
Jeremy Wright has brought in EE senior public affairs manager Alexander Jackman and Finsbury associate partner Lucy Noakes, it has emerged.
Noakes has been at Roland Rudd’s firm since 2016, having previously been public affairs manager for Rugby Football Union. She is also a former public policy manager at the Lawn Tennis Association.
Jackman joined EE in 2014 from his post as head of policy at the Forum of Private Business. He started his career in 2005 as a researcher to Conservative MP Brian Binley. Having left the Commons in 2015, Binley is now himself an adviser at lobbying firm Sovereign Strategy.
Both of the hires were first reported by POLITICO. They come six weeks after Wright replaced Matt Hancock as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport in the summer cabinet reshuffle. The culture secretary was previously attorney general.