Dr Stuart Thomson is a public affairs and communications consultant.

Politicians Will Intervene: Just Learn To Know When
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Politicians Will Intervene: Just Learn To Know When

Politicians have a habit of making negative comments about organisations or making policy changes that impact on them. These interventions inflict reputational and operational damage. But if you understand what causes politicians to intervene then you can avoid both of these outcomes.

Dr Stuart Thomson is a public affairs and communications consultant with Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.

Stuart graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Economics and Politics before completing a Ph.D. from the same institution. His thesis, ‘The Social Democratic Dilemma’, went on to form the basis of a book published by Macmillan.

This site highlights Stuart’s work, reproduces some of his material and introduces the range of issues he has written on. His books and articles cover a number of subjects including social democratic politics, the Labour Party and its history, the development of the left, political activism, trade unionism, British politics, communications, lobbying and corporate social responsibility as well as a number of other business issues.

He began his career in communications with the Rowland Company, part of Saatchi & Saatchi, before moving to Upstream, part of DLA Piper, a global legal services organisation where he was a Director. He joined Bircham Dyson Bell in 2005.

Stuart is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. He is a former associate editor of Renewal: the Journal of Labour Politics, and has also contributed to other political and business publications. Stuart has also appeared on Sky News.

Stuart was listed as one of the Top 100 Public Affairs Consultants by Total Politics, was a judge for the 2010 and 2011 Public Affairs News awards, and for the 2013 PR Week Awards.  In 2014, he was shortlisted for the IoD and CIPR Director of the Year award.

He is also a CIPR trainer, running their public affairs course.

Outside of work, Stuart enjoys reading crime novels, watching Nordic Noir, and listening to music. He also plays the guitar.  Stuart lives in North London with his wife, Alex and their children.