Jeremy Corbyn seeks second senior spin doctor to train up the troops

Written by David Singleton on 29 November 2017 in Diary

The Labour leader is adding firepower worth over £120k to his top team.

Jeremy Corbyn is gearing up for the next election by hiring a new spin doctor and a new strategy chief.

The Labour party is on the hunt for a communications director to report into the all-powerful Seumas Milne, who is said to be paid over £90k as executive director of strategy and communications.

The successful candidate will ensure that “the strategic communications and messages of the leader and shadow cabinet are communicated effectively to contribute to Labour winning the next general election”.

The job description says the new communications chief will “implement regular media and communications training sessions”.

Unusually, the media training will not just be for senior MPs. Rather, it is “for shadow cabinet and front bench spokespeople, political advisers and party staff,” suggesting that Corbyn is keen for some of his own senior advisers to be more active on the airwaves.  

The communications director job pays £66k. At the same time Labour is looking to hire a £66k director of strategy who will have “lead responsibility for analysis of issues, voter opinions, demographic trends and other factors the party should take into account in planning its campaigning and communication”.

And it is set to appoint a £46k video manager to implement a “video strategy that meets the evolving needs of social media, party events and wider party requirements”.

It all comes after Corbyn responded to the Budget by railing against the government's “continual preference for spin over substance”.





Picture credit: Press Association.

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