NEWS: Goldsmith hires ex-No 10 PR man

The Referendum Party has strengthened its general election media machine with the recruitment of ex-Number 10 Downing Street press officer Ian Beaumont.

The Referendum Party has strengthened its general election media machine

with the recruitment of ex-Number 10 Downing Street press officer Ian

Beaumont.



Beaumont, 38, joins the party - launched by billionaire Sir James

Goldsmith to force a referendum on European Union membership - as chief

press officer, after two years as a Metropolitan Police press officer.

Before joining the Met, he spent seven and a half years at Number 10.



Beaumont said that he would be ‘aiming to get the party’s message across

and to counterbalance the disinformation and propaganda the British

people are being given on Europe’.



He succeeds Michael Gunton who becomes regional press consultant and

head of the party’s planned ten-strong team of regional press officers,

nine of which have been appointed.



Gunton, 69, who spent a decade as chief industrial correspondent at the

Central Office of Information and three years as head of news and

parliamentary liaison at Conservative Party Central Office, vacated the

post of chief press officer after just six months due to a recent heart

attack.



The development of the press team is the Referendum Party’s latest step

to becoming a significant general election force. Buoyed up by a

campaign fund of pounds 20 million, the party is likely to field scores

of candidates at the next election and is seen as a threat to various

key Tory marginals.



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