Prime Minister-elect Jonas Gahr Støre has promised a government free of people hired away from the public relations and communications sector. “I can’t see any transitions (from PR) to a Labour-led government,” Støre told newspaper VG. “We have so many clever people who are engaged around the country, and that’s where I’ll be looking.”
His comments came after VG reported that nearly 150 people have moved from the PR business into politics over the past three parliamentary periods (12 years). They include former Progress Party ministers Sylvi Listhaug, Tor Mikkel Wara and several others in ministerial posts.
“That’s way too many,” said Støre’s potential government partner, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum of the Center Party. Vedum said he doesn’t want to have anyone from the PR branch in high-powered roles in government.