Freshwater founder stops full-time comms role with Corbyn but remains adviser

Steve Howell, the founder of Welsh agency Freshwater and latterly a senior comms aide to Jeremy Corbyn, is stepping down from full-time work with the Labour leader at the end of the month.

Corbyn in 2014 (Credit: Garry Knight via flickr)
Corbyn in 2014 (Credit: Garry Knight via flickr)

Howell became Corbyn's deputy director for strategy and comms in February, working alongside comms chief Seumas Milne.

His eventful six months with the party saw Corbyn achieve a better-than-expected result in June's General Election - something Howell reminded Twitter users of yesterday.

The former BBC journalist stood down as CEO of Freshwater, the agency he founded in 1997, when he took the Labour job, but retained a non-executive director role.

Howell, who lives in Cardiff, will continue to act as a non-executive at Freshwater, and will continue to advise Corbyn on a part-time basis.

Politics Home says that suggestions Howell and Milne had fallen out were denied by a party source, adding that it was always planned for the Welshman's appointment to be for a limited period.

He told PRWeek he also planned to spend more time writing.

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