Corbyn's comms man Slocombe is interim, Labour says, but no news of permanent hire

The Labour Party has clarified that Kevin Slocombe holds the job title of interim spokesman to the leader, but says there is no set time frame for a full-time appointment.

Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-war event in London last year (Credit: Garry Knight on flickr)
Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-war event in London last year (Credit: Garry Knight on flickr)

Last week, it was widely reported that former union comms chief Kevin Slocombe had been appointed to the job of head of comms at the party - an appointment which garnered a mixed bag of reactions from public affairs professionals.

One source told PRWeek that Slocombe had already held the role on an interim basis, but the party itself did not respond to requests for comment.

Labour has now confirmed to PRWeek that Slocombe's role is in fact as Corbyn's 'interim spokesman'.

However, the party spokesman said there was no set duration for Slocombe's tenure. When asked whether the party was actively recruiting for a permanent appointee, he said: "He [Slocombe] is in the post at the moment, and that remains the case until further notice."

The spokesman also said there had been no other press office appointments since last week.

A poll last week found that Corbyn's PR skills did not inspire the confidence of PRWeek readers, while PRWeek features editor wrote Corbyn's first days at the Labour helm had made him "a walking talking billboard for the PR industry".

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