James McLoughlin

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James (Jimmy) McLoughlin

James (Jimmy) McLoughlin is a former lobbyist, now a special adviser on business relations at Number 10 Downing Street.

Appointed August 2016, McLoughlin worked on Theresa May's campaign to become UK prime minister. [1]

Before joining the government he was deputy head of policy at the Institute of Directors for two years until June 2016.

Controversy over political ties

McLoughlin is the son of former chairman of the Conservative Party and former transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by the incoming prime minister Theresa May in July 2016. [2] He has been the MP for Derbyshire Dales since 2010.

In 2015 Patrick caused controversy by failing to declare that his son was involved in lobbying the public sector.[3]

Lobbying roles

In 2009 James McLoughlin joined lobbyists Fleishman-Hillard as an account executive and then account manager.

In 2011 he left to become an associate partner at PR and lobbying firm Bell Pottinger.. [4][5]

In 2014 McLoughlin joined the Institute of Directors as its deputy head of policy.[6] At the IoD, McLoughlin reported to James Sproule, the chief economist and director of policy.[7]

In his new role in Downing Street, James is expected to 'liaise with the UK's business community'.

London mayoral election campaign

McLoughlin worked on Boris Johnson's 2008 mayor of London election campaign. [8]



  1. Ian Silvera, Patrick McLoughlin's son lands Number 10 role as business community liaison, International Business Times, 15 August 2016, accessed 6 December 2016.
  2. Patrick McLoughlin, www.parliament.co.uk, accessed 6 December 2016
  3. David Singleton MPs' family lobbying links revealed... but Amber Rudd fails to come clean Total Politics, 22 July 2015, accessed 23 July 2015.
  4. David Singleton, [https://www.publicaffairsnews.com/articles/news/mcloughlin-leave-bell-pottinger McLoughlin to leave Bell Pottinger, Public Affairs, 26 June 2014, accessed 12 December 2016.
  5. Daniel Farey-Jones, James McLoughlin to depart Bell Pottinger for Institute of Directors, PRWeek, 26 June 2014, accessed 6 December 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 Linkedin James McLoughlin, accessed 23 July 2015.
  7. Daniel Farey-Jones James McLoughlin to depart Bell Pottinger for Institute of Directors PR Week, 26 June 2014, accessed 23 July 2015.
  8. LinkedIn | Jimmy McLoughlin, LinkedIn, accessed 6 December 2016.