Daily Mail’s ‘Girl About Town’ is Karen Bradley’s new spinner at DCMS
The culture secretary has hired two new special advisers.
Culture secretary Karen Bradley has followed in the footsteps of Theresa May by hiring a colourful Daily Mail journalist as a spin doctor.
While the prime minister employs ex-Mail features writer Liz Sanderson as a special adviser to promote her agenda via features pages and magazines not read by political junkies, the culture secretary has appointed Charlotte Griffiths as her media adviser.
Griffiths is the editor of the Daily Mail’s ‘Girl About Town’ column, where she recently wrote about Judi Dench’s love for Ed Sheeran and how the son of poet Amanda Eliasch is "taking the London social scene by storm" as a cross-dressing singer.
Closer to her new home, she has spilled the beans on May's former chief of staff Nick Timothy splitting from his fiancee and dating a fellow Number 10 adviser.
At the same time, POLITICO's Jack Blanchard reports that Bradley has brought in Romilly Dennys as a special adviser with a focus on policy. She joins from the tech sector, which could be handy for Bradley who this week suggested a lack of tech literacy by declaring that she wanted to "make the internet the safest place to be online".
Dennys was previously a special adviser to Iain Duncan Smith, but is perhaps best known in the Westminster village as the person accused of blabbing about an impending reshuffle on the 16:43 from Chichester to London Victoria and sparking speculation that IDS was to make way for Esther McVey.
Bradley's former special adviser, the ex-Sun journalist Craig Woodhouse, is now a corporate lobbyist at Edelman. Her other aide Aidan Corley is said to be on his way to Number 10.
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