Financial PR firm Powerscourt hires Vince Cable’s spinner for public affairs push
Mark Leftly has told pals that he is joining the PR firm in November.
Vince Cable’s press secretary is joining financial PR firm Powerscourt to help with a push into public affairs.
It emerged last week that Mark Leftly was set to leave the Liberal Democrat leader’s office. He declined to say where he was going after the news was revealed by POLITICO, but PAN has established that he will be joining Powerscourt. He is said to be one of a number hires in the pipeline as the agency seeks to move into public affairs.
Powerscourt was founded in 2004 by Rory Godson, a former Sunday Times business editor who went on to be director of corporate affairs at Goldman Sachs.
The agency currently offers financial and corporate PR, as well as crisis comms. It does not have a public affairs arm yet and has previously teamed up with Hanover to pitch for briefs spanning public affairs, corporate comms and financial services.
Before joining Cable’s office in October 2017, Leftly was deputy political editor of the Independent on Sunday.
Powerscourt partner Conal Walsh confirmed the hire. "We're delighted that Mark has agreed to join us in November. We've known him a long time and he has a brilliant combination of media connectivity, deep industry knowledge and Westminster experience," he told PAN.
News of the move comes as Powerscourt has also hired former Scotland Yard commissioner Lord Hogan-Howe as a part-time senior counsel.