The Labour party has further strengthened its pre-election PR
line-up with the appointment of Jim Godfrey as senior press officer and
deputy to director of communications Lance Price.
His appointment comes just two months after that of Price (PR Week, 23
June) and bolsters the party’s media relations function less than a year
away from the expected general election. Godfrey will report to Price,
alongside chief press officer Steve Bates.
He joins from the Institute of Public Policy Research, where he has been
head of press for the last two years. A Labour loyalist, he has been on
part-time secondment to e-commerce minister Patricia Hewitt for the last
three months and, together with IPPR director Matthew Taylor, has been
involved in writing speeches for the Prime Minister.
The IPPR is now on the hunt for a successor to Godfrey. The beefed-up
role, head of press and strategic communications, reflects the left-wing
think tank’s attempts to forge a more campaigning identity.
Prior to joining the IPPR, Godfrey spent a year at market research
consultancy Opinion Leader Research.