Hoskin to fill in at Downing Street

The role of Number 10's chief press officer will be filled by the head of news at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) while the former is on maternity leave.

When Emily Hands leaves her job in July, long-standing FCO head of news Tom Hoskin will take over in her absence.

Hands was promoted from senior press officer to chief press officer in 2005, replacing Anne Shevas.

Hoskin will oversee the press office's handling of enquiries from journalists, organising of interviews for the Prime Minister and press attendance at events. He will also look after the briefing of journalists in the lobby when director of communications Mike Ellam is unavailable.

Gordon Brown's top media handlers are Ellam and special adviser on press Damian McBride, both former Treasury aides. Former Brunswick CEO Stephen Carter oversees comms as Brown's chief of strategy.

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