Grayling grabs Boris Johnson special adviser Ben Gascoigne
Gascoigne is the latest former Johnson aide to dive into the public affairs industry.
Boris Johnson’s former special adviser has signed for Grayling as a director in its UK public affairs team.
Ben Gascoigne worked for Johnson for the two years that he was foreign secretary, ending with the senior Brexiteer’s resignation in July 2018.
He is among a host of former aides to the top Tory MP now working in lobbying. Johnson’s former chief adviser Will Walden now heads up public affairs at Edelman and Pagefield boosted its political firepower in 2017 with the hire of Johnson’s special adviser Liam Parker as a partner.
Grayling UK chairman Richard Jukes claimed that Gascoigne would “provide a level of strategic counsel which cannot be matched by many other individuals”.
Grayling head of public affairs Alan Boyd-Hall said that Gascoigne’s arrival represented “a significant moment for Grayling, and in particular the company’s public affairs offering”.
Gascoigne started his career in politics as a Conservative party aide. He then worked for Johnson as private secretary when he was mayor of London and spent nine months as a consultant at Lynton Crosby’s firm CTF Partners.
The former Tory aide said in a statement: “I am incredibly excited to join the already strong Public Affairs team and share my experience from the frontline of local and national politics with clients and colleagues.
“Regardless of what is happening in Westminster, this is a period of change and it’s hugely important to try to translate the landscape, whilst providing wider advice to companies in the UK.”