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
To ensure consistency, finance director David Pitt-Watson was promoted
to assistant general secretary the day Murphy’s appointment was
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
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.