Lexington Communications founder Mike Craven is to serve as a
general election speechwriter for deputy prime minister John
Craven will work for four weeks at Millbank once the election is
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.