It was not where the People’s Vote campaign wanted to be on the eve of a crucial week in parliament that could determine the fate of Brexit and 10 days after hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand a second referendum. Two of its senior executives – James McGrory and Tom Baldwin – had been fired, dozens of staff staged a walkout from their Millbank offices, and work had to be carried on first in the Tate Britain cafe, then later in a pub near the Thames. McGrory and Baldwin, the campaigns and communications director respectively, are not going away without a battle, and staff are pushing for them to be reinstated. But to get their positions back they have to go head-to-head with Roland Rudd, the powerful City PR guru who effectively controls the campaign through the Open Britain organisation. Rudd, a multimillionaire businessman and the brother of the Conservative former cabinet minister Amber Rudd, is one of the godfathers of the 2016 remain campaign, having co-founded the Britain Stronger in Europe group that turned into the official coordinating body. He later went on to chair its successor organisation, Open Britain, which now effectively controls the movement… Read full this story
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