The Sun's Graeme Wilson takes 10 Downing Street press secretary job

The Sun's deputy political editor Graeme Wilson has been hired as Downing Street's new press secretary, while Gabby Bertin returns as director of external relations.

Number 10: Looking to strengthen ties with the print press
Number 10: Looking to strengthen ties with the print press

Wilson joined the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid in 2007 and has covered politics for other newspapers since 1997.

He replaces Susie Squire, who is leaving to join her husband in South Africa.

Squire has been in the role for less than a year, having taken over when David Cameron's longstanding press secretary Gabby Bertin went on maternity leave in November 2012. 

Bertin is returning as director of external relations this autumn. She started working as Cameron's press secretary in 2007 and retained the role at Number 10 when he entered government.

David Wooding, associate political editor of The Sun, said Wilson would be an asset at Number 10 because of his ‘great news judgement’.

‘He is liked and respected by all the journalists, and people will trust him because he is plain-speaking and honest and straight as they come.’

He added that the hire would help the Downing Street operation as it ‘changed emphasis’ looking ahead to the elections.

‘Everything is going to start being geared in that direction, with new ideas for the onslaught on the other parties required. Having someone new, and someone who knows a great story and how to present it, to take on that emphasis will be good for them.’

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Max Clifford trial jury to reconvene tomorrow after majority verdicts direction

Max Clifford trial jury to reconvene tomorrow after majority verdicts direction

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has been sent home for the day after being told by the judge earlier this afternoon that he will now accept majority verdicts.

Labour "fooling themselves" over plans to combat attacks on Miliband

Labour "fooling themselves" over plans to combat attacks on Miliband

Conservative-leaning public affairs experts have questioned the value of Labour's adoption of US-style campaigning tactics in the wake of the opposition hiring election strategist David Axelrod.

PLMR appoints Professor Tim Morris as non-executive director

The vet who helped establish the British Horseracing Authority's anti-doping and animal welfare programme has joined PLMR as a non-executive director.