Elton John charity turns to Tory agency for public affairs drive
The Elton John AIDS Foundation will be advised by Hanbury Strategy.
Hanbury Strategy has been called into provide public affairs help to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The lobbying agency set up by former Conservative special advisers has landed a six month brief with the charity set up by the rock musician in 1992.
“The commission will involve Hanbury providing policy and strategic advice to the executive team in London - aimed at promoting EJAF’s core aims to advance and progress the global issues they work on,” states a letter issued by the Office of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba).
“The work will involve advising on policy developments and how best to communicate their work. The work is likely to be for an initial period of six months,” it adds.
Hanbury was set up by David Cameron’s former strategy chief Ameet Gill and Philip Hammond’s former adviser Paul Stephenson in September 2016 "to advise companies in the post-Brexit world". Theresa May's former press secretary Lizzie Loudon joined the firm as a partner in June this year.
As a former Number 10 adviser, Gill must seek approval from Acoba for public affairs work he intends to carry out. The contract with the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been approved by the committee along with a new contract for the Coalition for Global Prosperity.
Earlier this year, Hanbury won a contract to advise the data analytics firm AggregateIQ, which was paid more than £3.5m by groups campaigning for a leave vote during last year’s referendum.
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