Tory rising star returns to Weber Shandwick

Priti Patel, who has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the newly created seat of Witham, returns to Weber Shandwick this week as a Director in Weber Shandwick’s Corporate and Public Affairs practices.

She joins from the Corporate Relations team at Diageo Plc, where she worked on international public policy issues related to the wider impact of alcohol in society.

This included the development and implementation of Diageo’s global strategy on ‘responsible drinking’, with local market-based programmes dedicated to raising awareness of responsible drinking and addressing issues of alcohol misuse.
Before that, Priti was at Weber Shandwick Public Affairs from 2000 to 2003. She was a policy, media and campaigns adviser to the Meat & Livestock Commission, IKEA and the Bar Council. .

Weber Shandwick UK CEO, Colin Byrne, said:

‘Priti is one of the brightest young political stars of her generation: it is always good to see a great colleague returning.'

Priti is a great hire for us, powerfully connected within Cameron’s Conservatives and a CV crammed with senior in-house and consultancy experience.

‘She will strengthen our offer in corporate communications, corporate social responsibility and public affairs, and will help us drive new business acquisition over the period to the General Election, whenever that may be.’

Priti is also a former Deputy Press Secretary to Rt. Hon William Hague MP (from 1997 to 2000), during which time she was responsible for generating the then Conservative leader’s media coverage for events, tours and campaigns. Priti also had responsibility for briefing the party leader, party chairman & shadow cabinet on policy and media issues.
In November 2006, she was selected from David Cameron’s ‘A-list’ as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the new Witham constituency in Essex. Significant boundary changes have led to the creation of the Witham constituency, which has a notional majority of 7,000.
Priti previously stood for the Conservative Party at the 2005 General Election in Nottingham North, and she has been an active member of the Conservative Party for over 18 years.