Livermore is a former special adviser to Gordon Brown, working with him during his time as chancellor and briefly as Prime Minister, and also to Andrew Smith when he was shadow chief secretary to the treasury from 1999 to 2002.
Livermore also worked for lobbying and PR firm Blue Rubicon from January 2009 until September 2014 and was campaign director for Labour MPs Douglas Alexander and Michael Dugher for the 2015 UK general election.
Following Tony Blair’s resignation as Prime Minister on June 27 2007, Gordon Brown, as the new Leader of the Labour Party, became Prime Minister. Brown appointed Livermore to Number Ten as Director of Political Strategy, attending Cabinet meetings and becoming a key figure in the Prime Minister’s strategy for the next General Election. In December 2007, Brown reportedly reduced Livermore to tears over the on-off election fiasco. The experience apparently left Livermore "badly scarred", pushing him to the brink of resignation.
After resigning as Brown's director of strategy, Livermore briefly worked for Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon Group, before leaving to join Blue Rubicon as head of strategy and planning. In 2012 he ran Blue Rubicon's strategy consultancy, Thirty Six Strategy, 'the consultancy was founded to apply political campaigning techniques to the boardroom'.
Move back to politics
In October 2013 it was announced Livermore would once again be working as a special adviser to the Labour Party, this time to shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander and shadow Cabinet Office minster Michael Dugher. He replaced Tom Watson, who resigned following allegations in July 2013 that the Unite union had 'attempted to influence the vote for the next Labour candidate in Falkirk'.
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