Tory comms chief Andy Coulson will set up own agency, report claims

Speculation is mounting that Conservative communications director Andy Coulson will not follow David Cameron in to Downing Street and will instead set up his own PR agency.

Andy Coulson: Tory comms chief
Andy Coulson: Tory comms chief

The Independent on Sunday (IoS) reported yesterday that Coulson had indicated his intention to step down after the election.

A source told the paper: ‘There are rumours that he would go back to journalism but it's highly unlikely. It's much more likely that he will go into PR and set up his own firm.'

Coulson could not be reached for comment. The IoS said he declined to comment when asked whether he would work for Cameron beyond the election.

But Daily Telegraph chief political commentator Ben Brogan said he did not expect Coulson to turn down a job in Downing Street.

Writing on his blog, he said: 'Unless something has changed dramatically in CCHQ in recent weeks, I reckon Mr Coulson plans to stick around. He is well aware that it would seem odd to drop out just when his man reaches the Downing Street doorstep... His decision - taken some weeks ago - is good news for Mr Cameron...'

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