Daily Express assistant editor to join press team at Number 10

Greg Swift, a journalist who has worked at the Daily Express for nearly 20 years, will join the press team at Number 10 on 3 May.

New signing: Swift to take Downing Street role (Credit: Peter Richmond via Flickr)
New signing: Swift to take Downing Street role (Credit: Peter Richmond via Flickr)

Swift will take up the role of deputy spokesman to Prime Minister David Cameron.

According to LinkedIn, Swift has worked at the Express since 1997. He reported on the war in Iraq and was made news editor in 2004, according to The Guardian. He is now assistant editor (news). He previously worked at the Daily Mail.

Former deputy spokesman Christian Cubitt, who had worked for the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice previously, left Number 10 at the end of February to take a new role in the NHS.

According to a job ad that appeared on PRWeek and elsewhere, the job was a two-year fixed-term appointment with the possibility of extension.

Recruitment was led by Cameron's spokeswoman Helen Bower and Alex Aiken, executive director for UK government comms.

  • PRWeek initially reported that Swift would also hold the role of head of news. This detail was removed on 5 May.

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