| Tim Allan |
(SPAD, PR consultant)
Alleged to have orchestrated the attempted campaign/coup against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Tim Allan is the founder and managing director of Portland Communications in London, England.
In August 2004, Allan was employed by ASDA Wal‐Mart for a fee of £50,000 including a £14,000 “succees” bonus to help the company defeat the GMB union in a ballot for union recognition at Washington (Tyne and Wear) RDC distribution depot. In January 2005, he was employed at another ASDA depot in Washington to help GMB members to give up collective bargaining. This one he lost and ASDA Wal-Mart were penalised to the tune of £850,000 at the Employment Tribunal in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in February 2006 for illegally trying to induce employees to give up union membership.
In April 2012, Allan was reported to be selling a majority stake in Portland to US marketing services company Omnicom for £20 million.
Blair's Special Adviser
From 1992 Tim Allan's SPAD roles were researcher for Tony Blair when he was Shadow Home Secretary, deputy press secretary to Tony Blair, when Leader of the Labour Party and, from 1997, he was Alastair Campbell's deputy director of communications at 10 Downing Street until 2001.
Between leaving work within politics and setting up his own PR consultancy, Tim Allan followed in David Cameron's footsteps as Director of Public Relations at Carlton Communications. Interviewed by The Guardian, Allan said Cameron "had a difficult brief. Working for Michael Green was challenging. It was a difficult business situation because the arrival of digital TV was big news and Sky was seen to be winning the battle quite quickly." ITV Digital's spectacular failure in May 2002, a year after Cameron was elected to the safe Conservative seat of Witney in Oxfordshire, would help to usher Green into early retirement.
- "Where are they now? The 1997/1998 Special Advisers to the Labour Government"
- "The truth behind the Labour coup, when it really began and who manufactured it (EXCLUSIVE)" The Canary, Steve Topple, 28 June 2016
- "Cameron – the PR years"