NEWS: Attorney General Lyell hires first press officer

Attorney General Nicholas Lyell has recruited his office’s first press officer just five months after receiving a media savaging in the wake of the Scott Report.

Attorney General Nicholas Lyell has recruited his office’s first press

officer just five months after receiving a media savaging in the wake of

the Scott Report.



Deborah Hermer, currently a senior information officer with the Home

Office Prison Service, takes up her new role on 9 September, initially

on a six-month secondment.



Her appointment follows adverse press coverage of Lyell, after the Scott

Report into the arms-to-Iraq saga. In February’s report, Lyell was found

to have failed to have acted on concerns raised by the then-President of

the Board of Trade Michael Heseltine, over the signing of Public

Interest Immunity Certificates in the Matrix Chur-chill case, and also

that he misread the law on PII.



Hermer’s appointment also comes at a time when Lyell, not seen as a

particularly adept media handler, faces growing pressure over

allegations that court coverage by the press is increasingly pre-empting

trial verdicts.



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