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.
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.