Corbyn aides takes comms jobs

Written by David Singleton on 27 March 2017 in News

Matt Zarb-Cousin and Nancy Platts have revealed their next moves.

Two aides of Jeremy Corbyn are quitting the leader’s office for PR and lobbying posts.

It was reported last week that media spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin and union liaison officer Nancy Platts were among a trio of figures quitting Team Corbyn.

Zarb-Cousin is standing down less than a year after joining Corbyn's team to return to his former job with the Campaign For Fairer Gambling. He joined the campaign group in 2012 as consultant and spokesperson, having previously been a press officer for the Young Fabians.

Now it has also emerged that Platts is set to join the not-for-profit PR and lobbying agency set up by charity comms supremo Simon Francis.

Platts, a former Labour candidate in Brighton Kemptown, said: "Although I am sad to be leaving the Leader's Office, I am excited about becoming a member of the Campaign Collective social enterprise helping not-for-profit organisations benefit from affordable, professional communications advice and support."

Campaign Collective was formed last year by Francis and two other former employees of the agency Claremont. Francis is PRCA not-for-profit group co-chair and secretary of Holborn St Pancras Labour Party. He was recently interviewed over lunch for PAN by PRCA boss Francis Ingham.

Campaign Collective describes itself as "a social enterprise helping charities, social enterprises, public service organisations and other campaigners benefit from affordable professional communications advice and support".

Profits from Campaign Collective are used to subsidise support for micro charities and community organisations as well as help develop the next generation of communications professionals.


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