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Instinctif Partners appoints Tom Harris to bolster Navigating Labour Hub

Instinctif Partners appoints Tom Harris to bolster Navigating Labour Hub

Instinctif Partners has appointed Tom Harris, former Labour shadow Minister for Environment and political columnist as a senior advisor.

Over the course of his 14 years in Parliament, Tom served in the Labour Government as Railways Minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. During his time in opposition, he was Labour’s shadow Minister for the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs.

He currently writes a regular political column for the Daily Telegraph and serves as a Non-Executive Director of HS2 Ltd and at the Scotland Office.  He was a member of the Expert Challenge Panel for the UK Government’s recent Williams Rail Review.

In his role at Instinctif, Tom will be working alongside existing senior adviser Rt Hon David Gauke to provide clients with political advisory services as part of Instinctif’s strategic communication offer. Specifically, Tom will further strengthen Instinctif’s Navigating Labour hub which is engaging with clients across multiple sectors, helping them to understand policy direction of Labour and begin pro-active engagement as the party seeks business views on policy.

Moray Macdonald, Instinctif Partners’ Managing Director for UK & Ireland, said: “Tom brings renowned political experience at a crucial time as clients increasingly wake up to the real prospect of Labour becoming the next Government in the next 18 months. With the Labour party keen to build partnerships with business, clients have an opportunity to engage on future policy areas. Tom is brilliantly placed to work with clients to understand the direction and thinking of the Labour party and help to navigate through key policy areas such as the environment and transport.

“Our public policy offer is going from strength to strength and the appointment of Tom represents the added value that we can offer clients by bringing in high-level political advisors.”

Tom Harris, Senior Advisor, commented: “This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Instinctif team as the count down to the next election ramps up and the business community looks for strategic advice on the direction of a future Labour government. I look forward to helping to support Instinctif’s Navigating Labour proposition over the coming months.”

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