May moves for Lexington director

Written by David Singleton on 14 July 2016 in News

Fiona Hill officially leaves lobbying agency to work for new prime minister in Number 10.

New prime minister Theresa May has raided Lexington Communications to bring back her former special adviser Fiona Hill for a top job Downing Street.

Hill (previously Cunningham) spent four years as May’s special adviser and close confidante in the Home Office.

She joined Lexington in September 2015 as a director and recently took time off to work on May’s leadership campaign.

Lexington boss Mike Craven confirmed to PAN that Hill had now officially left the agency to take up her job in Number 10. “I’m delighted for Fiona,” he said.

Hill is expected to be named as May’s chief of staff, working closely with the prime minister’s other trusted aide Nick Timothy.

Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith’s former special adviser Lizzie Loudon has been tipped to get the job of press secretary in the new-look Downing Street operation.

Hill is a former reporter for Sky, The Scotsman and the Daily Record.

During her time as May's top aide, Hill was credited with raising the then home secretary’s profile and helping to position her as a potential successor to David Cameron.

She was forced to resign in 2014 after a Downing Street inquiry linked her to controversial briefing against Michael Gove during a row over Islamic extremism in state schools.

Upon signing Hill last year, Craven said: "We are delighted that Fiona has joined Lexington's leadership team. She has considerable experience and insight in politics, media and corporate issues and will help continue the growth of the Lexington business in both public affairs and media relations."

 

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