Allan Percival, Tony Blair’s deputy press secretary and Alastair
Campbell’s second-in-command at 10 Downing Street, has been appointed to
the new post of director of communications for the Lord Chancellor’s
department. He will oversee an 11-strong team, including head of
communications Sheila Thompson, who was previously in charge of the Lord
Chancellor’s communications operation. Before joining the Prime
Minister’s press office, Percival worked as press secretary to the
Prince of Wales.