Hume Brophy hits up ‘formidable’ former Labour MP Iain Wright
Wright took over as MP for Hartlepool back in 2004, when Tory Blair was prime minister.
Former Labour MP and business select committee chair Iain Wright has joined PR and public affairs firm Hume Brophy as a senior adviser.
Wright becomes the latest ex-MP to enter the public affairs industry as agencies scramble to boost their links with the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn.
"Corbyn in Number 10 is now a realistic possibility. So clients are very very interested in the Labour party now," one agency boss recently told PAN.
However, with Labour suffering fewer causalities than expected in the last election, many agencies have struggled to attract senior Labour figures.
On the other hand, a number of former Conservative MPs and senior advisers have entered the public affairs industry since the 2017 general election. They include former Tory minister James Wharton who recently joined Hume Brophy as a part-time senior adviser.
Wright became MP for Hartlepool in 2004, taking over from Peter Mandelson in a by-election. He was a minister under Gordon Brown and spent five years on the opposition front bench under Ed Miliband. He subsequently spent two years as chair of the Commons business select committee. The Labour politician stepped down in May this year and his former Hartlepool seat in now held by Labour’s Mike Hill.
Hume Brophy public and corporate affairs managing director Robert Condon said: "Iain is acknowledged as the most effective and formidable Committee Chair in Westminster over the last number of years, leading the committee to new heights and affecting real change.
"A formidable proponent of sound corporate governance who has successfully taken on some of the largest UK corporates, Iain joins our international Brexit unit and will provide unique insight to clients on their corporate strategy. Iain changed the debate on workers’ rights and gained a reputation as someone both sides of the House could work with effectively.
"He has a wide network in business, media and public affairs - I can’t think of anyone else I would prefer to have in my corner at this critical time for business in the UK."
In a statement, Wright commented: "I am already enjoying working with Hume Brophy’s local and international clients, leading our select committee offer, and providing political insight on how best to address the challenges facing business in public affairs – internationally, in London, the North and across the UK - as they navigate Brexit and its impacts."