Hanover claims cross-party insight as it hires Tom Watson's policy adviser
Charles Lewington's agency has brought in Dominic Murphy to boost its bench of ex-Labour advisers.
Hanover Communications has appointed an aide Labour deputy leader Tom Watson to the role of account director.
Dominic Murphy enters the public affairs industry after ten years working for the Labour party, most recently as a policy adviser to Watson who is also shadow culture, media and sport secretary.
At Conservative-led Hanover, he lines up alongside Labour lobbyists including senior director Rhoda Macdonald and account directors Larry Smith and Kelly Thomas. The move comes as rival public affairs including Edelman, MHP and Hanbury Strategy have all recently moved to bolster their Labour credentials.
In a statement on the switch, Murphy said: “I’m looking forward to joining the Hanover team and working with such an impressive and growing roster of clients. It’s great to be joining an agency that takes pride in delivering genuinely cross-party insight with a deep understanding of the sectors in which it operates.”
At the same time Hanover has also hired Cavendish Place consultant Dean Duke as an account director. Both Murphy and Duke join Hanover’s 35-strong advocacy team which an agency source called “the driving force behind Hanover Group’s more than 25 per cent year-on-year revenue growth over the past five years”.
Hanover managing director Katie Blower said: “We’re delighted to welcome two experienced political practitioners to the team. Hanover has always focused on building a team of expert consultants drawn from across the political spectrum. With more than a decade at Labour HQ, Dom joins our bench of former Labour advisers who are advising clients through these tumultuous times.”