Humphreys quits Number 10 to run MA course in spin

Downing Street head of corporate comms James Humphreys last week quit to run an MA course in 'PR and spin' at Kingston University.

Humphreys, who worked at Downing Street for five years, has already begun preparing for the new course - an MA in Political Communication, Advocacy and Campaigning - that 'aims to close the so-called "spin divide" in Britain'.

Humphreys was second-in-command to Baroness Sally Morgan in Number 10's government relations department, where a decision is yet to be made as to whether he will be replaced, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.

Humphreys joined its strategic comms unit in 1998, moving to the government relations team in June 2001.

The first intake for the course is scheduled for September this year, with lectures including 'communication, advocacy, negotiating and campaigning'.

Humphreys said his aim for the course was 'to train comms professionals to understand the political machine, get their message across and raise the profile of their cause'.

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