Frayne finds 30 new MPs who will ‘shake things up’
Tory operator James Frayne is expanding his Public First agency.
A new public affairs agency has identified 30 soon-to-be MPs to watch as it plans to expand after the general election.
Public First was set up by James Frayne, a former adviser to Michael Gove, last year. Former Number 10 special adviser Rachel Wolf recently joined as a partner and Frayne said the agency was growing with more senior hires to be announced after the election.
The agency - which specialises in strategy, campaigns, policy design and research - has also pointed out the brand new likely-MPs who are set to have the biggest policy impact in the next Parliament.
Frayne said: “All these names are already seasoned and respected figures who will begin shaking things up on crucial policy areas the moment they arrive in the Commons. They are also likely to figure on the whips’ shortlists for places on select committees and even PPS jobs. Organisations whose interests coincide with these likely MPs' interests should be preparing for change."
He added: “At Public First, we believe the best way to engage with political figures is to bring them ideas and engage them with campaigns - not just arrange a meeting and hope they like you. The old way of doing public affairs is outdated. Organisations need to think about the public impact of their agenda - because that is what is what politicians spend a large part of their time doing.”
Frayne held senior posts at lobbying firms Portland and Westbourne before serving as director of communications for the Department for Education 2011 and 2012, when Gove was secretary of state. More recently he was director of policy and strategy at Policy Exchange and also worked on Gove's unsuccessful bid to be Tory leader.