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TWO of the leading people behind the biggest failed anti-Brexit centrist party are now offering corporations a “Brexit consultancy” service, showing a determination to find a financial silver lining in a big political cloud.
The Brexit service is offered by a new political consultancy called “Murphy and Burns.” According to its website, director Nicola Murphy was “CEO of the Independent Group and political executive director of new political party Change UK” – an appointment that caused controversy, as she is also married to Chris Leslie, who was one of the Change UK MPs.
Co-director Harry Burns was the “head of campaigns for the Independent Group” and, like Murphy, helped its short-lived life as “Change UK.” Murphy and Burns set up the consultancy last September, as resignations reduced Change UK to just three MPs, before the new party finally died by winning zero seats in the 2019 election.
Change UK’s top priority was “stopping Brexit,” but Murphy and Burns now offer clients “our Brexit service.” Because “Brexit is now going to happen” Murphy and Burns sell a “standard Brexit service package” for just £6,000 a year, including “email updates and insights into the trade negotiations” and “a half day of consultancy time to assist you and your organisation to better understand the negotiations and how you can promote the interests of your sector.”
Clients can pay more for a “bespoke Brexit service” with “additional consultancy support tailored closely to your specific needs.”
The hopefuls wanting to cash in on the Brexit they so opposed claim to have “years of experience helping progressive politicians and businesses” and skills in “crafting data-driven, cutting-edge political campaign strategies.”
Harry Burns was a Labour Party official from 2014-2017 – so not entirely successful. Nicola Murphy was a Treasury special adviser for Labour in the 2000s and, after that, head of British government relations for US health privateers Humana – so perhaps a bit more experienced.
However their most recent campaign, Change UK, was a total failure – but the website for their new consultancy still seems caught in that short-lived moment.
They tell clients that they can help guide them through “volatility” where “old political allegiances are falling away as people look for an alternative to the established political parties who seem unwilling or unable to deal with the huge challenges the world faces.”
But the opposite happened in Britain, as voters firmly rejected any alternatives to the two main parties – including their own.
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