James Plaskitt

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James Plaskitt is a Labour politician who was the member of parliament for Warwick and Leamington between 1997 and 2010.

In January 2014 he joined financial services lobbying consultancy Cicero Group as senior counsel.


Plaskitt stood as the Labour representative for Witney in 1992, however came second to the Conservative's Douglas Hurd. He was elected as a member of parliament in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 election for Warwick and Leamington, however lost the 2010 to Conservative's Chris White. He was a member of the Treasury Committee between 1999 and 2005, parliamentary secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions and then under secretary for state for the same department from 2007 and 2008.[1]

Between 2001 and 2005 he was a non-executive director of EduCare, a distance learning programme on the safeguarding of children and adult protection.

Post Parliament

  • Non-executive director, de Brus Marketing Services Ltd, March 2009. On his appointment, ACOBA saw "no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, but he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer for a year after leaving office"[2]
  • Senior counsel, Cicero Group, January 2014. [3]
  • In 2012 Plaskitt was selected as the Labour candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election for the Warwickshire Police. He was runner up to an Independent candidate, Ron Ball.[4]



  1. James Plaskitt The Guardian, accessed 17 November 2014
  2. Tenth Report 2008-2009 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 17 November 2014
  3. Cicero hires former Labour MP James Plaskitt to boost public affairs practice PR Week, 29 January 2014, accessed 17 November 2014
  4. BBC News Warwickshire police and crime commissioner results, 16 November 2012, accessed 24 March 2015
  5. James Plaskitt Linkedin, accessed 17 November 2014