John Underwood (PR adviser)

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John Underwood hosting the television discussion programme After Dark (seen here in 1987 with guest Edward Teller).

John Underwood is a PR adviser, now executive director of Freshwater UK PLC.[1] He founded the Clear consultancy in 1991 after work as a reporter and presenter for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including many editions of After Dark. He was Director of Communications for the British Labour Party from June 1990 to June 1991.[2][3]

He hit the news in November 2006 for being behind an "independent" report that recommended the closure of a popular Hertfordshire hospital, in line with government policy.[4] He was again in the news in January 2008 for setting up the mysterious Progressive Policies Forum, an organization with no employees and apparently engaged in no activity other than channelling funds to the election campaign of Peter Hain for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party in 2007.[5]

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  1. ^ Retrieved 25 August 2010
  2. ^ Clear: Our Team Archived 19 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The learning curve towards New Labour: Neil Kinnock’s corporate party 1983-92 European Journal of Marketing, 1996, Volume: 30, Issue: 10/11
  4. ^ Professor who backed Tory hospital closure is former Labour spin doctor ThisIsLondon, 25 November 2006
  5. ^ 'Think tank' that fuelled Hain's bid 13 January 2008, The Observer