LGA appoints The Independent's Ben Russell

The Local Government Association (LGA) has appointed Ben Russell, The Independent's political and home affairs correspondent as its interim head of news.

Stokoe: replaced by Russell
Stokoe: replaced by Russell

Russell will be take over the LGA's five-strong media team from Richard Stokoe, who is leaving for a five-month unpaid career break.
LGA programme director for media & campaigns Edward Welsh said: ‘As the public sector faces tough financial times and with a general election looming, Ben's political and journalistic experience will be a great asset to the LGA.’
Russell said: ‘The work of the LGA has consistently been setting the agenda in the national news and I want to ensure that this moves up another gear over the coming weeks and months.’

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