Simon Lewis to become Gordon Brown's official spokesman

Gordon Brown is hiring ex-Vodafone and Buckingham Palace comms chief Simon Lewis as his official spokesman.

Simon Lewis: will join Number 10
Simon Lewis: will join Number 10

Sources close to Lewis confirmed reports this morning that he will replace the PM’s current spokesperson Michael Ellam.
 
Lewis, one of the best known names in corporate PR, will join Downing Street as a civil servant on a two-year contract.
 
Lewis came to national prominence when he began working for the Queen in 1998, helping stabilise Buckingham Palace’s reputation after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
 
He has also previously worked as director of corporate affairs, NatWest Group, director of corporate affairs at British Gas/Centrica and group director of corporate affairs at Vodafone.
 
He left Vodafone in February this year after Vittorio Colao replaced Arun Sarin as the group’s chief executive.
 
Lewis was also head of PR at the Social Democratic party back in 1986, before it merged with the with the Liberal Party in 1988 to form the Liberal Democrats.

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