Fleishman-Hillard goes Tory crazy, but CCO staffers stay put

As lobbying consultancies prepare to deal with David Cameron, Fleishman-Hillard has gone on something of a Conservative spending spree, hiring three Tories in one go.

The most senior is Andrew Cumpsty, leader of the Conservatives on Reading Council and a former PPC. They have also brought in a couple of younger Tories who are still ascending the greasy pole. The trio of hires comes a couple of months after the agency brought in Tory PPC Chris Heaton-Harris.

Clearly Fleishman has embarked on a major expedition to reel in some Tory talent. Yet while its recent catches have solid Tory credentials, none of them were plucked from the depths of Conservative Central Office.

Perhaps those at the heart of the Tory operation have decided to stay put?

Tory sources suggest that this is indeed the case, with the jostling for a limited number government special adviser jobs already under way. A number of top aides have already been privately informed they have made the cut. Others have yet to hear either way – but they live in hope…

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