Labour Party upgrades top communications job

The Labour Party has upgraded its chief PR post to that of assistant general secretary of communications, and has appointed Arts Council communications director Phil Murphy to the job.

The Labour Party has upgraded its chief PR post to that of

assistant general secretary of communications, and has appointed Arts

Council communications director Phil Murphy to the job.



Murphy will be one of three existing assistant general secretaries and

will be responsible for the Government’s communications strategy for the

next general election, as well as this year’s local, Welsh Assembly and

European elections. He will report to party general secretary Margaret

McDonagh, who introduced the post of assistant general secretary when

she started her job last year.



Murphy’s immediate predecessor, Mike Craven, who held the post on a

temporary basis, reported to McDonagh but was not an assistant general

secretary.



To ensure consistency, finance director David Pitt-Watson was promoted

to assistant general secretary the day Murphy’s appointment was

announced.



The other assistant general secretaries oversee policy and

constitutional issues. Murphy will cooperate closely with the prime

minister’s press secretary, Alastair Campbell and senior cabinet

members.



Murphy will be responsible for the Labour party’s press office, its

media monitoring and rapid rebuttal units, the regional press team and

administrative support. Before joining the Arts Council five months ago,

Murphy worked as a journalist for 18 years.



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