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Mike Love
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Mike Love is a former political agent to Margaret Thatcher.

He was UK chairman of Burson Marsteller from October 2012 to February 2016 and remains an employee, offering senior counsel to clients and colleagues. [1]


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Having graduated from university, Love joined Shell UK Group as marketing and corporate affairs assistant, until 1980.

In January 1981, Love began working for the Conservative Party, first as political agent to Sir Hugh Rossi[2] and then as constituency manager and political agent for Margaret Thatcher. His conversations with Thatcher began in 1975, a month after she had become leader of the Conservatives, Love wrote to her enclosing a copy of a Young Conservative publication he had co-written called "The Right Direction", within weeks he received a letter from Thatcher and an invitation to meet her policy guru, Sir Keith Joseph[3]

In December 1993 Love left the Conservative Party to work at McDonald's, first as head of communications, then vice president of corporate affairs UK, Ireland and Iceland and finally, in 2001, corporate vice president corporate affairs Europe.

In January 2005 he was appointed senior director of communications at Microsoft.

Then, in January 2007 he was appointed director of corporate communications at BT.

In January 2011 he was appointed director of communications at G4S.[4]

He became UK chairman at Burson Marsteller in October 2012 [5] Ian Griggs, Mike Love steps down as chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK, PRWeek, 2 February 2016, accessed 2 December 2016. </ref> He still offers senior counsel to the agency.

Burson Marteller handle the account for Ineos, one of the major players behind the pro-fracking push in the UK.



  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Public Relations[4]
  • PR Week "PR Professional of the Year"


See: Fracking lobbying firms


  1. Ian Griggs, Mike Love steps down as chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK, PRWeek, 2 February 2016, accessed 2 December 2016.
  2. Mike Love profile International Association of Business Communicators, 19 August 2009, accessed 17 October 2014
  3. Mike Love Memories of the Lady Policy Periscope, 9 April 2013, accessed 17 October 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mike Love Linkedin, accessed 17 October 2014
  5. Lynsey Barber Burson Marsteller appoints Mike Love UK chairman PR Week, 27 September 2012, accessed 17 October 2014 , and announced he would be leaving the role in February 2016.