Progress deputy director joins 'next generation' Labour lobbying shop
Matthew Faulding takes senior post at Kevin McKeever's new agency, Lowick.
Progress deputy director Matthew Faulding is standing down from his post at the campaign group to team up with Labour lobbyist Kevin McKeever at his new agency.
Faulding will stay on as an associate at Progress, while joining Lowick as a director.
McKeever, a former partner at Portland, said: "Matthew is one the stars of his generation. I’m delighted that’s he’s joining the Lowick team and look forward to announcing other key appointments in the coming weeks in our mission to become London’s leading next-generation political consultancy."
McKeever is a well-connected Labour campaigner who stood as the candidate for Northampton South in the 2017 general election and missed out on the Commons by just 1159 votes. PAN revealed earlier this year that McKeever was establishing his new firm after five years as a partner at Portland.
The senior lobbyist is known in Labour circles as a committed Blairite and hit the headlines in 2016 when he received a death threat following a series of outlandish allegations about Portland made by The Canary website. However, McKeever recently told PAN that he is also one of the few lobbyists who really knows what is happening in the party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader.
"I have a live and current understanding and experience of the changes in the party, both from the two leadership elections and the general election where I was out on the doorstep with all of these new members," he said, as part of a wider piece on how lobbyists are engaging with Labour again.
Faulding joins Lowick after almost three years at Progress. He was previously an account manager at Cavendish Place Communications.
Progress director Richard Angell said he was "very sad" to be losing Faulding as his number two, but "excited about his new challenge".
Progress is now advertising for a new deputy director/head of events to be "part of a small professional team trying to renew the British centre-left, bring on new talent and prevent a hard-left take over of local Labour parties".