Jeremy Corbyn set to get extra media help - but not from Paul Mason

Written by David Singleton on 14 October 2016 in Diary

Momentum spokesman James Schneider is being tipped for a top job in Corbyn's office.

Westminster insiders are preparing for Momentum spokesman James Schneider to take a senior role in Jeremy Corbyn’s communications operation – as the chances of Paul Mason getting a top job appear to have been diminished.

Schneider has failed to respond to journalists asking whether he is joining Corbyn’s office as head of strategic communications, while Labour is also refusing to comment on staffing matters.

However, Schneider is understood to have a hotline to Team Corbyn and was actively helping the media operation on at least one day during the recent Labour conference. The Momentum chief was assisting the Labour press office by making ‘firefighting’ calls to calls to lobby journalists.

Rumours of Schneider’s imminent elevation come as former Channel 4 News economic editor Paul Mason has become embroiled in an angry spat with The Sun.

In recent months, Mason has become one of Corbyn’s must high profile supporters. But his Corbynite credentials have been damaged after the newspaper published a recording of him suggesting Corbyn ““doesn’t appeal to the working class” and that Clive Lewis is the heir to the throne.

Mason has lambasted the Sun for recording a private conversation he had in a café during Labour conference in Liverpool. He accused the paper of “creeping around… pubs and cafes, taping private conversations between journalists and their sources”.

But Labour sources suggested that Mason could pay a high price for comments that Corbyn and Milne view as disloyal.

Along with Damian McBride, Mason has recently been tipped to replace Seumas Milne as Corbyn’s communications director. That job now looks more likely to go to elsewhere.

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