Craven to return to Prescott fold in speeches role

Lexington Communications founder Mike Craven is to serve as a

general election speechwriter for deputy prime minister John

Prescott.



Craven will work for four weeks at Millbank once the election is

called.



He will work on research and speeches for Prescott, who plans to travel

the country on a 'battle-bus'. Craven will work closely with Prescott's

special adviser, Joe Irvin.



Craven was himself a Prescott aide in the 1980s, before moving into

public affairs at GPC. He set up Lexington with GPC colleague Ian

Kennedy, who will run the agency while Craven is at Millbank.



Meanwhile, Prescott's press secretary Derek Plews, who left the DETR to

become director of communications at the Association of Train Operating

Companies, is not to be replaced this side of the election.



The department's director of communications, Alun Evans, is covering

Prescott's personal PR until then.



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