Jonathan Bullock, the Advertising Association’s head of public
affairs, has quit in the wake of Labour’s landslide general election
A confirmed Eurosceptic who stood as a Tory candidate in the 1992
election, Bullock said he had chosen to go rather than continue lobbying
Labour politicians whose policies he opposes.
He also insisted he needed a new challenge now that the battle to retain
advertising’s self-regulatory system had been won and tobacco
advertising had become a ’lost cause’ with the new Government’s
commitment to ban it.
Bullock, 34, is considering a PR role with either a London agency or a
Meanwhile, he remains on the list of prospective Conservative
parliamentary candidates and is planning to offer his help to John
Redwood, Peter Lilley or Michael Howard in their respective challenges
for the party leadership.
Bullock, who previously worked at agencies in Sheffield and Nottingham,
joined the AA in December 1994 after working as a political lobbyist on
behalf of Britain’s fruit machine manufacturers.
For the past two years, he has been responsible for organising the AA’s
representation at party conferences and for presenting advertising’s
case to Labour’s government-in-waiting.
But in March, when a Labour victory at the polls looked increasingly
likely, Bullock indicated to Andrew Brown, the AA’s director-general,
that he would leave in the event of a Labour win.
’I get on well with many people in the Labour Party,’ Bullock said. ’But
now that Labour is the Government, I would not have enjoyed the work so
Bullock is also understood to have found it difficult to establish a
rapport with Lionel Stanbrook, whose appointment as deputy
director-general blocked his career prospects and whose views on Europe
Brown said that Bullock’s responsibilities would be reassigned between
Stanbrook, Arabella Price, the AA’s press spokesperson, and a new senior
hiring that has yet to be made.
’Jonathan’s decision was no surprise,’ Brown said. ’He has been growing
increasingly uncomfortable at having a major lobbying role when his
beliefs are unsympathetic to those he was talking to.’