It seems Liz isn’t the only Trussite returning to public life. Her former chief of staff Mark Fullbrook has returned to the world of political lobbying, fresh from masterminding her 49-day regime in No. 10. Fullbrook’s previous activities in this field were a regular feature of news reporting during Truss’s seven weeks in office. And now, undaunted by past controversies, he has returned to Fullbrook Strategies Limited – the firm he established and ran between spring and September last year. The onetime partner of Lynton Crosby heralded the move by writing on LinkedIn:
Today FSL resumes business after my co-founders and I completed our “gardening leave”. Letting all my contacts know that if your looking to solve a complex problem before others even know you have it – we live by our motto – Outcome Before Process.
If only that had been true for Liz’s government, eh? Normally, senior officials leaving their posts are subject to a two-year ban by the Cabinet Office agency Acoba before they can lobby the government. Fullbrook though has had that waived in light of his, er, shorter than expected service. A write-up of this decision by Civil Service World noted drily that:
the policy decisions underpinning the disastrous mini-budget that was the focus of Truss’s administration have since been “significantly altered”. “As a result the Cabinet Office considered it is highly likely the currency of information Mr Fullbrook had access to is degraded and the risk any matters he advises future clients on will overlap with his work in office is limited,” Acoba said in a letter to the former chief of staff.
Fullbrook’s response? To triumphantly post this reminder of post glories to his professional network:
‘The winning never stops,’ as one former No. 10 aide remarked to Mr S.