Newington nabs top Tory media operator Richard Holden
Special adviser to Michael Fallon makes a move into public affairs.
Newington Communications has signed up defence secretary Michael Fallon’s special adviser Richard Holden as an associate director.
Holden makes the move into public affairs after a decade on the Conservative party payroll, including seven years in the Tory press office.
In the 2015 general election he stood as the party’s candidate for Preston, where he lost out to Labour’s Mark Hendrick.
He is the latest of many Tory special advisers heading into the public affairs industry after Theresa May's disappointing general election performance.
Other recent recruits include Boris Johnson’s special adviser Liam Parker joining Pagefield and Greg Clark’s former special adviser Meg Chandler Powell joining Burson Masteller. Public Affairs News also revealed in August that Portland had hired two of the prime minister's senior Downing Street advisors.
Newington's work spans public affairs, corporate communications and planning lobbying. In the new post, Holden will be working across a range of corporate communications and public affairs accounts.
He said in a statement: "It is clear Newington have a solid, long-term vision as they continue to expand across all areas of the business. Having worked in the media facing side of politics both opposition and government I am really looking forward to supporting Newington’s clients engage across the board and helping to contribute towards the company’s continued rapid growth."