Any business, trade body, charity or other campaigning organisation that wants to raise their profile or influence public policy will always need to engage with the government. But which party will be in government in 2024?
The prospects of Labour forming the next government have not looked as strong since they were last in government thirteen years ago. Engaging with the opposition has always been important for any organisation seeking to influence the public affairs space, but understanding Labour’s priorities, how the party operates, who its most influential figures are and building positive relationships with senior frontbenchers is now more important than ever.
Here at Whitehouse, we have a specialist Labour Engagement Forum to help organisations understand what key Labour Party figures are thinking, what their political priorities are, what the internal processes are for policy development, and where the opportunities exist to engage with key Labour decision makers. The process is two-way as we know that Labour is currently working to establish stronger relationships with organisations across many sectors.
Headed by Max Wilson, former Senior Political Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, and Andy Tarrant, former senior parliamentary adviser to two shadow ministers, the Labour Engagement Forum combines our insight into internal party processes with our experience of running high-profile public affairs campaigns to provide strategic counsel for organisations looking to engage with Starmer’s Labour party.
Many of our wider team have established excellent Labour links through our work with Select Committees, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, opposition frontbench spokespersons in both Houses of Parliament and with the staff of the Labour Party itself which is now based just a few metres from our office in Southwark.
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Max leads Whitehouse’s public affairs practice, advising organisations on how to position themselves with policymakers, how to communicate with influential decision makers and how to take forward their strategic objectives.
Prior to joining Whitehouse, Max spent over five years working for the Labour Party in several different roles including as Head of Campaigns for the Parliamentary Labour Party’s (PLP) Political Services Unit and as Senior Political Adviser in the Leader of the Opposition’s Office (LOTO).
If you would like to discuss how we can help your organisation engage with the Labour party, please contact Max Wilson here.
Director of Communications
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Lee is the Director of Communications at Whitehouse, and has 20 years’ experience devising communications and public affairs strategies for some of the world’s best-known companies and brands across a range of sectors, including defence and security, tech, consumer, automotive and not-for-profit.
He came to consultancy through the trade union movement. He has previously been the Head of Campaigns and Media for Unite and its predecessor unions and has worked as Director of Communications for the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (affiliate members, GMB, Unite, Community, Prospect), where he has devised a number of high-profile campaigns in the manufacturing and defence sectors working closely with Labour’s front bench.
A former Labour staffer, Lee worked on the general election campaigns in 1997, 2001 and 2005. He has been a Labour candidate in the Scottish Parliament and in local elections in London and Hertfordshire.