Former Daily Mail lobby journalist links up with Lynton Crosby
CTF Partners is said to have brought in Gerri Peev as a senior manager.
Sir Lynton Crosby’s political consultancy has hired former Daily Mail political correspondent Gerri Peev, it emerged this morning.
Peev is reported to be joining CTF Partners more than a year after leaving the Mail, where she worked under former political editor-turned Bell Pottinger lobbyist James Chapman.
It comes as CTF Partners was recently hit by the resignation of another ex-lobby journalist. Former Daily Telegraph political editor Peter Dominiczak has quit to become global director of public affairs at Deliveroo, PAN reported last month.
The firm run by Crosby, Mark Textor and Mark Fullbrook does not disclose its clients but it is well-known for helping out on Conservative Party general election campaigns and London mayoral campaigns. It was paid around £4m for work on the Tory 2017 general election campaign, according to reports.
Last week, CTF Partners held its Christmas party at the V&A Museum with senior Tories such as Gavin Williamson, Matt Hancock, Liz Truss, Amber Rudd, David Davis and Boris Johnson all in attendance and deputy chairman James Cleverly getting pictured arm-in-arm with Crosby himself.
POLITICO has reported that Peev is joining CTF Partners as a senior manager. She joined the Daily Mail in 2010 but is best known by many fellow political journalists for an interview she conducted with Samantha Power, a former aide to Barack Obama, while she was on The Scotsman. The interview had caused controversary because Peev reported Power calling Hillary Clinton a “monster”, despite Power's declaring that the comment was off the record as she made it.
Peev defended her actions and gained support from many British journalists for her stance. "I don't know what the convention is in American journalism, but in Britain here we have very firm rules about the fact that generally, you establish whether a conversation or interview is on or off the record before it actually happens,” she said.