Benjamin Wegg-Prosser

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser (born 1974) is managing partner of Global Counsel, a London-based strategic consultancy which has as its chair Peter Mandelson. Wegg-Prosser was Tony Blair's Director of Strategic Communications at 10 Downing Street.

Early life[edit]

Wegg-Prosser's father, is the solicitor Stephen Wegg-Prosser.[1] His mother Victoria, née Bird, has been a producer for the BBC.

His grandfather CFH Wegg-Prosser was a Councillor on the Metropolitan Borough of Paddington for many years in the 1940s and 1950s, and then an Alderman [1] and [2].

Career[edit]

Wegg-Prosser worked for Peter Mandelson before leaving in December 1998 and working briefly for media group Pearson PLC, before joining The Guardian in 2000. His father acted for Mandelson in the purchase of a home which was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in 1999.[1]

At The Guardian he held positions as publisher of The Guardian’s politics website, general manager of the education website, and finally publisher of Society Guardian. As publisher of the latter he launched a series of brand extensions including conferences, books, magazines and new sections in the newspaper.[2]

From 2005 to 2007 Wegg-Prosser was Tony Blair's Director of Strategic Communications at 10 Downing Street,[3] where he oversaw a series of innovations including the launch of Downing Street's e-petitions service.[4] He also implemented the first YouTube channel for any head of government, which Blair launched in April 2007.[5]

In 2007 he joined SUP Media, a Moscow-based digital media company, where he was Director of Corporate Development. SUP Media is a Moscow-based online media company which owns LiveJournal.com, Championat.ru, Gazeta.ru, +SOl and Victory SA. In 2008 he additionally became a consultant for recently created public relations company The Ledbury Group, focusing on new media and political relations.[6]

As of 2013, Wegg-Prosser is managing partner of Global Counsel, a London-based strategic consultancy which is chaired by Peter Mandelson.[7]

In April 2013 Wegg-Prosser became a director of the Labour Party supporting blog LabourList.[8][9][10]

In September 2013, Wegg-Prosser released internal 10 Downing Street emails about the internal fight in September 2006 to prevent Tony Blair being replaced as Prime Minister by Gordon Brown, which eventually happened in June 2007.[11][12]

Wegg-Prosser is a funder of Labour Tomorrow, a campaigning group with several senior Labour Party figures on its board, which opposes the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "News UK news Mandelson broke rules over loans, says watchdog". Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Clive Jones; Luke Harding; Tara Conlan (28 May 2007). "Dispatches". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Mandelson aide in No 10 post". BBC News. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 
  4. ^ Simon Walters (17 February 2007). "No 10 adviser behind road toll poll says: 'I'm proud'". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Blair launches YouTube 'channel'". BBC News. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Public Affairs: Political duo called in to bolster The Ledbury Group". PR Week. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Jim Pickard (31 May 2013). "Mandelson looks east for Russian directorship". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Hugh Muir (24 July 2013). "Diary: Hard times. But are they all in it together at the BBC?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  9. ^ John Prescott (26 July 2013). "There's less than 10 hours left". LabourList. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "LABOURLIST LIMITED". Companies House. Company No. 06996133. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Patrick Wintour (20 September 2013). "Blair's bunker: leaked emails reveal real story of rows, abuse and threats". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Patrick Wintour (19 September 2013). "How Tony Blair's team fought and failed to see-off Gordon Brown's coup". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Rajeev Syal (21 September 2016). "New anti-Corbyn group is funded by former Tony Blair spin doctor". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

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