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