Ex-Conservative MP James Wharton heads to Hume Brophy
Public affairs agency hires leading Tory Brexiteer as an adviser.
The former Conservative MP who paved the way for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has moved into public affairs.
Ex-minister James Wharton has joined Hume Brophy as a senior adviser, PAN has learned.
Wharton takes up the new job after losing his seat of Stockton South in the general election to Labour’s Paul Williams by just 888 votes.
When he entered the Commons in 2010 aged 26, Wharton became his party’s youngest MP. In 2013 he topped the ballot for private members' bills and announced he would be bringing forward legislation to pave the way for a referendum on our EU membership.
In 2015, David Cameron made Wharton a junior minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse in the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Hume Brophy has hired Wharton to provide “strategic advice to clients and to contribute to the development and execution of public affairs strategies and specific campaigns”. He has already started in the new role, working on a part-time basis.
He effectively replaces former minister Tory Esther McVey who was hired as a part-time adviser by Hume Brophy in 2015 and returned to the Commons as MP for Tatton this year.
Wharton said: "With Brexit underway the importance of good advice and insight has never been more obvious. Hume Brophy has built an incredible reputation and I am confident they are well placed to do even more in the years ahead. I know from my time in Parliament how respected and effective they are and I am delighted to be joining the team."
Hume Brophy is a 100-strong PR and public affairs firm with operations in London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dublin, Paris, New York and Singapore.
The firm’s UK managing director Robert Condon said: "James is acknowledged as one of the best and brightest in the Tory firmament and we’re delighted he chose to join us.
"Businesses need to shape Brexit policy in an extremely difficult time-sensitive environment, now. Hume Brophy, with our intelligence-led approach and footprint in Brussels, Germany, France and Ireland alongside London, Singapore and New York, is well positioned for Brexit.
"We already have Brexit mandates from US, Australian and international companies and trade bodies and James is a core part of our international Brexit team. His insight is acute and he is already a valued strategic adviser to clients."