Ex-aide to Brexit secretary sets up as Brexit adviser
Stewart Jackson is now a public affairs consultant
Former Conservative MP Stewart Jackson has set up as a public affairs consultant after losing his seat in the general election.
Jackson, who most recently served as a key aide to the Brexit secretary David Davis, plans to advise organisations on their lobbying strategies for getting the best out of Brexit.
The former MP for Peterborough is a fierce campaigner for Brexit who has used his Twitter account to call on “UK patriots” to boycott The Economist because of its “liberal smugness, Remoaner whining & rampant Europhilia”.
Jackson was given the job of parliamentary private secretary to Davis in September last year. He lost his seat by 607 votes in the 2017 general election.
Jackson is understood to be in talks with potential clients about providing advice in connection with the implications of Brexit.
On his LinkedIn profile, the former MP now describes himself as a “public affairs consultant specialising in UK and global Brexit counsel and strategy”.
One Tory lobbyist who knows Jackson said: “I think it’s a smart move for Stewart. Having recently been PPS to Davis I think he is uniquely placed to advise clients on Brexit strategy.”
But with most business figures having firmly backed Remain, some senior lobbyists questioned whether Jackson’s stance on Brexit would put off many of those seeking public affairs help.
Weber Shandwick public and corporate affairs chairman Jon McLeod said: "Coming at Brexit with an angle is always going to be a challenging when advising people. Political insight is a great thing, but clients also value neutral advice.
"I think we all face the challenge of setting our views aside when it comes to dealing with Brexit. But in the current climate, many businesses are seeking counsel on how to soften the impact on their businesses of leaving the European Union, and we need to face up to that."