NEWS: Marre leaves Downing Street for Heritage job

Prime Minister John Major is to lose a key member of his press team following the appointment of Andrew Marre, deputy press secretary at Number 10 Downing Street to the top communications post at the Department of National Heritage.

Prime Minister John Major is to lose a key member of his press team

following the appointment of Andrew Marre, deputy press secretary at

Number 10 Downing Street to the top communications post at the

Department of National Heritage.



Marre joins the department as head of information at the end of July or

early August, succeeding Andrea Maclean who quit the job for personal

reasons last month.



Heading a staff of 14, Marre will take responsibility for the DNH’s

press relations, publicity and promotional campaigns. The brief includes

all of the department’s activities, including the arts, sport,

broadcasting, the National Lottery, tourism and libraries. He will

report to Hayden Phillips, permanent secretary at the Department.



Marre has been at Number 10 since March 1995, lately reporting to chief

press secretary Jonathan Haslam. A career civil servant, he was head of

news at the department of trade and industry for four years and chief

press officer at the Department for Education before that. He has not

yet been replaced at Downing Street.



Marre will have to tackle a tough range of issues at the DNH, including

the controversial plan to host the Millennium Exhibition at Greenwich

and objections to the way in which the National Lottery is run. Recently

the department has faced strong criticism over delays to the building of

the new British Library in London. Costing pounds 511 million the

project is already pounds 128 million over budget.



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