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.