Sir Linton Crosby led successful election campaigns for Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron – Stephen Russo/PA WireThank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Sir Linton Crosbie, who has been the architect of consecutive Conservative election victories, is stepping down as chief executive of his lobbying firm CT Group.
The Australian election strategist, nicknamed the “Wizard of Oz”, is moving away from frontline politics in Britain, having previously led successful campaigns for Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron.
Sir Linton served as an informal adviser to Mr Johnson during his tenure as Prime Minister and regularly attended Downing Street meetings. Her association with Mr Johnson dates back to 2012 when she planned his successful campaign for London mayor.
His campaigns were known for their intensity and rigor, with the first meeting of each day taking place at 5:45 am and the second meeting at 6:30 am.
A former special adviser to Downing Street said: “During my time at Number 10, whenever Linton spoke, we listened.”
Sir Linton was awarded a knighthood for services to politics in the 2016 New Year Honours.
His decision to step back comes as Rishi Sunak faces the prospect of a crushing defeat in the upcoming general election, with the latest polling showing the Conservatives trailing Sir Keir Starmer’s Labor Party by more than 20 points.
Sir Linton’s involvement in the Tory party has diminished since Mr Johnson left Downing Street in July 2022, with his protégé Isaac Levidow now running Mr Sunak’s election campaign.
Isaac Levidow, one of Sir Linton’s acolytes, now running Rishi Sunak’s troubled election campaign – Andy Wren/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
It is understood that CT, which recently opened offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Singapore, wants to focus more on commercial matters rather than political campaigns.
Last month, the company hired General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, a former British Army chief of staff, to work on “commercial opportunities” arising from the AUKUS defense agreement between Australia, the UK and the US.
Sir Linton, 67, founded CT Group in 2002 and his role advising Conservative parties in Britain, Canada and Australia has become part of his job.
He will now become the executive chairman of the group and oversee the board. Former EY partner John de Jager will take over as chief executive to oversee day-to-day operations.
Sir Linton said: “Initially focusing on political campaigns, CT today employs over 150 staff from a wide range of professionals.
“Once a two, then three-person founder-driven business, we now have a strong and diverse executive team across Australia, the US, the UK, the Middle East, India and Asia.”
Other CT staff include David Canzini, the former deputy chief of staff under Mr Johnson, as well as Mark Fulbrook, Liz Truss’s former chief of staff, who co-founded CT’s British branch.
John de Jager said: “It is a privilege to be the first non-CT founder to be given the responsibility to drive the growth of the CT Group.”