Team Corbyn kicks off search for a new political secretary

Written by David Singleton on 10 October 2017 in Diary

Current political secretary Katy Clark is standing aside to fully focus on a review of party democracy.

After a period of relative calm in the heart of a Team Corbyn, a key vacancy has opened up.

The Labour leader is on the hunt for a new political secretary to replace Katy Clark, the former MP who has been in the job for around two years.

The search comes after reports that Clark was set to lead a "party democracy review" to make the case for major changes to how the party elects leaders, selects MPs and forms policy.

The review will report directly to Corbyn and Labour party chair Ian Lavery. It could propose radical moves that would make it easier for left wing candidates to enter leadership races, such as removing MPs as the gatekeepers to leadership nominations.

Previously it was not clear how much time Murphy would spend on the review. But the search for a new political secretary suggests that the Labour leader believes it deserves her full attention.

Sources close to Corbyn told Total Politics that Murphy was "not leaving" but indicated that she would be standing down from her current job to head up the wide-ranging review.

A job ad that has just gone up states that whoever replaces her will "carry out progress chasing and political delivery" on behalf of the Leader’s office, or LOTO as it is known in Westminster.

Reporting into Corbyn’s influential gatekeeper Karie Murphy, they will also "provide strategic and practical advice" to leader.

Perhaps most challengingly, they will be expected to "facilitate and cultivate strong working relationships with all parts of the Party".


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