It’s all change as Labour cranks up media machine

Former Labour Party PR chief David Hill has had talks with senior party communicators over roles he may play in the next general election campaign. Hill is not planning to leave his directorship at Bell Pottinger Good Relations which he took after the 1997 campaign. He has, however, been in talks with Blair’s press secretary Alastair Campbell and outgoing party communications director Phil Murphy about working for Labour again during the campaign.

Former Labour Party PR chief David Hill has had talks with senior

party communicators over roles he may play in the next general election

campaign. Hill is not planning to leave his directorship at Bell

Pottinger Good Relations which he took after the 1997 campaign. He has,

however, been in talks with Blair’s press secretary Alastair Campbell

and outgoing party communications director Phil Murphy about working for

Labour again during the campaign.



The party has shaken up its PR team in advance of the election, and

replaced Murphy with Downing Street press office staff member Lance

Price, a former BBC political reporter. Murphy is moving to No 10 to

become a special adviser to Blair on media strategy. The swap between

Price and Murphy takes effect this week, as does the departure of

Downing Street deputy chief of staff and Labour party activist Pat

MacFadden to party HQ at Millbank.



Other changes in Downing Street include the appointment of Anne Shevas

as chief press officer, following a stint as press secretary to Scottish

secretary John Reid.



Leader, p8.



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