Murphy 'not next McBride'

APCO UK managing director Darren Murphy has played down speculation that he is being lined up to fill the shoes of Damian McBride.

Staying put Darren Murphy
Staying put Darren Murphy

Murphy spoke to PRWeek following a Diary item in the New Statesman that claimed both Murphy and Genzyme government affairs director Steve Bates were ‘knocking on the door of Number 10’.

Murphy told PRWeek he had no plans to leave public affairs: ‘I’m very flattered but I spent two years working for Tony Blair. It was one of the best exp­eriences of my life, but I don’t expect to repeat it.’

Bates, a former aide to John Reid, also denied he was considering a move. He said: ‘I’m very happily employed doing other things.’

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