James Chapman re-unites with ex-Bell Pottinger boss at new agency
Chapman has resurfaced five months after the collapse of his old agency.
Former journalist and Tory adviser James Chapman has taken a post at the consultancy set up by the last CEO of Bell Pottinger.
Chapman is joining J&H Communications as a senior adviser, focusing on providing media relations and public affairs advice to clients.
The firm has been established by James Henderson, who resigned as CEO of Bell Pottinger in September 2017 after the PRCA expelled the agency for breaching its code of conduct. Bell Pottinger went into administration a few days later.
Henderson’s new venture is based in Berkeley Square in central London.
Chapman joined Bell Pottinger in June 2017 as a partner in its political practice and then set Westminster alight with a series of astonishing claims about various politicians.
He moved into lobbying after stepping down as chief of staff to Brexit secretary David Davis. Before working for Davis he spent around a year as director of communications for then chancellor George Osborne and six years as political editor of the Daily Mail.
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has given Chapman the green light to take up the new post, subject to the usual restrictions on lobbying.
Chapman told the body that he would be working for J&H Communications around three days a week and that the work would be "identical in nature to that in which he was previously engaged at Bell Pottinger".
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