Kissack secures role as Chancellor's spokesman

Chancellor Gordon Brown has reshuffled his comms team as his long-trailed succession of Tony Blair as PM appears increasingly imminent.

Paul Kissack has taken the role of Treasury head of communication, replacing Damian McBride, who has become a special adviser to Brown. McBride remains a spokesman for Brown on party-political and personal issues.

The changes, unveiled in the wake of Labour's third election victory last Friday, see Kissack - who moves from a job as Treasury head of news - take charge of a ten-strong Treasury comms team.

At 29, he becomes principal spokesman on economic and policy issues.

Brown's handling of the economy has been widely cited as a principal reason for the electorate's sustained faith in Labour.

- The Blair/Brown relationship was more interesting than the election result itself, according to a survey of 20 European foreign correspondents.

There was 'unanimity' that Labour ran the best PR campaign, according to the poll, commissioned by GCI UK.

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