Field ‘thrilled’ as Pollard enters the Commons

Written by David Singleton on 12 June 2017 in News

Luke Pollard succeeded where many Tory lobbyists failed.

Field Consulting boss Chris Rumfitt has celebrated his agency’s "first alumni in Parliament" after Luke Pollard was elected as Labour MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport.

Pollard romped home with a substantial majority of almost 7,000 in the 2017 general election, as many Conservative lobbyists failed to win their seats.

Before joining Field in 2015, Pollard worked as head of public affairs at ABTA and as a public affairs consultant at Edelman.

He first stood unsuccessfully for the seat of Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport in 2015, having previously been Labour’s candidate for South West Devon in the 2010 general election.

Rumfitt told PAN: "The whole team is thrilled that Field has its first alumni in Parliament. The people of Plymouth are about to benefit from the hard work, dedication and strategic thinking that Field’s clients have seen from him in the last two years."

The agency founder and CEO added: "No-one has worked harder to get into Parliament, and no-one deserves it more."

Another Labour lobbyist who put in a better-than-expected performance was Kevin McKeever, the former Portland director who recently set up his own agency. He missed out on the seat of Northampton South by just over 1,100 votes.

Elsewhere, PPA external affairs director Owen Meredith had been predicted to win the marginal constituency of Newcastle-under-Lyme for the Conservatives. But the 31-year-old lobbyist fell short by just 30 votes.

Fujitsu head of corporate affairs Clark Vasey was expected to do well in Workington, but the former Bell Pottinger lobbyist ended up being 4,000 votes off the pace.

And lobbyists Anthony Calvert and Peter Cuthbertson missed out for the Tories after attracting negative headlines during the general election campaign.

Planning public affairs specialist Calvert was accused of “sneering” at voters – after he ridiculed a man for visiting Costa Coffee while claiming to be working class. Cuthbertson, who has worked at Chelgate and Maitland, hit the headlines for a 2002 blog in which he expressed views rape trials and homosexuality.

 

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