Kennedy plucks press secretary from The House

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has picked Daisy Sampson, a journalist for parliamentary magazine The House, as his senior press secretary (PR Week, 8 October).

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has picked Daisy Sampson, a

journalist for parliamentary magazine The House, as his senior press

secretary (PR Week, 8 October).



Sampson starts in two weeks’ time and will work in the leader’s office

in the House of Commons. She will report to Kennedy and is expected to

oversee a junior press secretary who has yet to be appointed.



Although Sampson will not be based at the party’s Cowley Street

headquarters, she will work closely with Liberal Democrat communications

director David Walter and his press team.



Sampson said: ’Charles has a good image and is media friendly. I am not

envisaging any media problems. This is an exciting time for the Liberal

Democrats and I am thrilled to be part of it.’



Sampson, 27, has worked as a political journalist for seven years. She

was managing editor of The House - the House of Commons magazine - for

two years until 1997, when she became a freelance contributor.



Kennedy’s media relations since he was elected leader last August have

been handled by Paddy Ashdown’s former press secretary, Miranda Green,

who left last week.



GPC senior consultant James Gurling worked on Kennedy’s PR during the

Liberal Democrat leadership election.



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