Friday, March 9, 2012

You’re Either in Front of Guido, or Behind…

From: Iain McNicol
Date: 9 March 2012 15:01:06 GMT
To: All Staff
Subject: New Executive Board

Dear All

I was personally very sorry to see that a number of the appointments were publicised on various blogs earlier today before staff had been fully informed.

Yours

Iain

Iain McNicol
General Secretary

Labour Party
39 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0HA
@iainmcnicol

Friday Caption Contest (Second Job Edition)

No Custodial Sentence For Joyce

Palace Estate of Mind

Labour’s Not So New Directors

After a big recruitment campaign, the new £65,000-a-year directors of the Labour Party are set to be unveiled next week, and they seem to have recruited from within. As Guido understands it, the three leading directors are likely to be:

  • Director of Communications: Bob Roberts.
    Currently Ed’s press man, this is a good move sideways and sort of upwards for the former Mirror Political Editor, some confusion as to if he wants to stay in the Norman Shaw building’s leaders office rather than go to the Labour HQ. Also means his career in the party is not over with a change of leader.

  • Director of Strategy: Greg Beales
    Currently Ed’s policy wonk and general consigliere. His other quarter is Katie Myler, the daughter of the former Screws editor Colin. Not much change here. 
  • Director of Policy: Torsten Henricson-Bell
    This former Alistair Darling SpAd was on the inside when they “not only saved the world, but saved the banks too”. He’s been sniffing around for a seat since. He didn’t go far away, and has been advising Ed on economic policy.

There are other less exciting back room roles, but these three will be the significant players. The biggest loser of this reorganisation is the unfortunately titled “Director of Strategy and Communications” Tom Baldwin, who has effectively had his job divided up and handed to other people, in particular Tim Livesey, the former diplomat and adviser to the archbishop. When Tom started, it was made very clear that he was Bob Robert’s boss. It doesn’t really look that way any more…

UPDATE: According to LabourList, who are now catching up with us on this story, Beales will stay in the leader’s office. They also reveal Patrick Heneghan for Field ops and Emilie Oldknow for the dubiously named Governance and Services Director.

UPDATE II: Or not:

Atul Hatwal on Ed Miliband’s deficit policy

“Since Ed Miliband reshuffled his shadow cabinet in early October, the Labour party has issued 830 press releases. Out of these, there have been just two on spending restraint. Two. In terms of Labour’s media effort since this shadow cabinet was appointed, the party has devoted 0.25% of its output to tackling the reason we lost the last election.”

Boris and Rachel Lobbying Evgeny for Sarah Sands

Boris was in the London Evening Standard’s office on Wednesday to meet Evgeny “Louche” Lebedev and lobbied quite hard for Sarah Sands to get the vacant editor’s desk. His sister Rachel was tweeting yesterday, too:

See also: New Standard Editor Runners and Riders


Seen Elsewhere

How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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