New housing minister hires lobbyist as special adviser

I now have it confirmed that newly-appointed housing minister John Healey has hired a lobbyist to be his special advisor.

The lucky chap is Ian Parker, senior vice president of FD Public Affairs (previously LLM Communications). And Parker has wasted no time in leaving FD – I’m told he started the new job yesterday.

Neverthess, the agency is still claiming him as one of their own on the company website.

Can’t they accept that he’s gone? Or are they expecting him back after the election?

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