Britain in Europe hires Noon for PR

Britain in Europe has hired the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster’s press secretary, Stephen Noon, to manage its press function.

Noon’s appointment as chief press officer comes at a crucial time – the pressure group will campaign vigorously for a ‘yes’ vote in the expected referendum on the EU constitution.

In his new post, Noon will report to campaign director Lucy Powell. He replaces Danny Alexander, who left to join Cairngorm National Park in Scotland over two months ago.

Noon said: ‘The biggest challenge over the next year will be the constitution treaty campaign, ensuring a “yes” vote in the referendum and promoting positive messages about Europe in the face of some powerful criticism in the national press.’

He arrives at the organisation after spending a year working for Cardinal Cormack Murphy O’Connor. The appointment marks Noon’s return to the political scene, having previously worked for the Scottish National Party.

Meanwhile, the UK Independence Party has beefed up its communications

role with the appointment of parliamentary candidate for the East Midlands, Robert Kilroy-Silk, as its spokesperson.

The ex-Labour MP and former chat-show host’s fresh allegiance with the party would be a boost for its image, according to a spokesman.

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