Stonborough recruits former Tory PR man

Francis Halewood, who resigned as acting communications director at Conservative Central Office in September, has joined crisis management experts John Stonborough and Co as a freelance consultant.

Francis Halewood, who resigned as acting communications director at

Conservative Central Office in September, has joined crisis management

experts John Stonborough and Co as a freelance consultant.



Halewood left his party post after reported disagreements within William

Hague’s press team. The conflict centred on the Tory leader’s decision

to criticise Labour’s handling of the death of Diana, Princess of

Wales.



Halewood joined Central Office in January as operational manager. He was

responsible for co-ordinating the Party’s election media campaign.



When communications director Charles Lewington left in May, Halewood

became acting head.



Before joining the party, Halewood was deputy editor of Radio 4’s Today

programme, where his editorial responsibilities included fielding

political pressure on the programme. Halewood will advise Stonborough

clients on improving their coverage on current affairs programmes.



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