Jeremy Corbyn’s Head of Media Kevin Slocombe is leaving the leader’s office to go and spin for Bristol mayor Marvin Rees. Comrade Kevin (above right) has been the no-bullsh*t voice of reason among the madness of Jezza’s operation, one of the few Corbynistas who commanded the respect of SW1. 10 months in the bunker is enough to make anyone want a quieter life.
Labour HQ Head of Press Kieren Walters is also packing his bags, meaning Jez now needs a new top spinner for the leader’s office, a new head of press in Victoria Street, and a new Deputy Head of Press, after that role became vacant as well. In the meantime, good luck Seumas. Will the last spinner to leave Labour please turn out the lights?
Jeremy Corbyn has finally found his new spin doctor. Communication Workers Union spinner Kevin Slocombe is wasting no time in trying to hide awkward stories from the past, already deleting his Twitter account. Turns out he’s not a fan of Jamie Reed:
This old tweet from Corbyn chief of staff Simon Fletcher is curious, too:
UPDATE: During the leadership election Slocombe was head of comms for the CWU. Which means he was a major player at the union when its general secretary infamously said there was a “Blairite virus” in the Labour Party:
“We think that it is time for a change for Labour. The grip of the Blairites and individuals like Peter Mandelson must now be loosened once and for all. There is a virus within the Labour party, and Jeremy Corbyn is the antidote.
Not exactly a unifying figure then…