McMenamin set for advisory role at Welsh office

Adrian McMenamin, press officer for Trevor Phillips’ failed campaign to be London mayor, is widely tipped to become special adviser to Paul Murphy, secretary of state for Wales, but not before throwing his support behind Frank Dobson’s mayoral bid.

Adrian McMenamin, press officer for Trevor Phillips’ failed

campaign to be London mayor, is widely tipped to become special adviser

to Paul Murphy, secretary of state for Wales, but not before throwing

his support behind Frank Dobson’s mayoral bid.



McMenamin, the Labour Party’s chief press and broadcasting officer until

joining forces with Phillips in May, confirmed that he - alongside

Phillips - would bolster former health secretary Dobson’s camp almost

immediately.



When the party has decided which of its remaining mayoral candidates to

select, McMenamin will almost certainly join Murphy.



McMenamin would only say: ’If any member of the Government expressed an

interest in employing me I would certainly be interested. I would take

it very seriously but I am not commenting on a job I haven’t got.’



Before joining Phillips, McMenamin had been in the Labour Party press

office for five-and-a-half years. He headed the ’attack taskforce’ in

1997 and ran Excalibur, the party’s media and political database which

became a key weapon during the general election campaign.



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