James Frayne is a founding partner of policy research agency Public First, launched in 2016. James is a leading conservative strategist and has been influential in the Conservative Party’s pivot towards working-class voters. He has been writing about working-class politics for many years, most notably for ConservativeHome and The Sunday Telegraph. He was Director of Communications for the Department for Education between 2011 and 2012, when Michael Gove was pushing the mass expansion of academies and the introduction of free schools. With thanks to Ed Shackle and Seb Wride for their help on this research.