McLeish takes up comms role

The Scottish Government has appointed a TV sports reporter as a special adviser.

Will McLeish, a journalist with BBC Scotland, makes the switch next month. He previously worked for the SNP group in the Scottish Parliament between 1999 and 2001.

McLeish will work as a special adviser on communications. His appointment frees up the Government’s main political spokesman and senior adviser on communications, Kevin Pringle, to take on a more strategic role.

Pringle’s new role is similar to that undertaken by Gordon Brown’s special adviser on press Damian McBride.

There are nine special advisers in the Scottish Executive – three fewer than the previous administration.

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