Former Blair adviser will head Defra comms unit

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has appointed one of Tony Blair’s former strategists to its top comms post.

Morris (centre): Defra comms head
Morris (centre): Defra comms head

Steven Morris takes up the post after a month as the acting director of comms. He formerly headed Downing Street’s strategic comms unit.

Morris joined the Downing Street comms team in 2002 and was appointed head of the strategic comms unit two years ago. His departure coincided with Tony Blair’s resignation as Prime Minister in June. ‘I actually left on the same day as Tony Blair,’ said Morris.

Morris was brought into Defra on an interim basis last month after former comms director Yasmin Diamond went on maternity leave (PRWeek, 8 June 2007).

When she returns from maternity leave, Diamond will take up the post of director of comms at the Home Office.

Defra is headed up by Hilary Benn MP.

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