Chris Blackhurst, a former editor of The Independent, is to join election strategist Lynton Crosby’s political consultancy Crosby Textor Fullbrook (CTF) full-time as a senior executive.
Blackhurst still has a writing contract with The Independent and is in the process of completing his final column for the paper before joining CTF.
His move to join the firm, Blackhurst said, is not connected to the national’s announcement last week that it is becoming a digital-only title.
Blackhurst explained: “I’m fascinated by the work that they do. I think I can make a good contribution. I have been in media for a long time. The high level strategic advice they offer to clients appealed to me.”
Crosby is best known as the election strategist behind the 2015 General Election victory for David Cameron’s Conservative Party and Boris Johnson’s London mayoral victory in 2008.