Angela Rayner’s Head of Comms Finally Departs

Angela Rayner’s embattled head of communications, Jack McKenna, has finally resigned after a prolonged period in political Siberia. The party launched an investigation – officially over a “personal data breach”* – last year, with Guido first breaking the news that he’d gone on leave last December. His temporary departure came after a week in which he’d been accused of heavily briefing against Starmer during his botched reshuffle. Labour denied he’d been forcibly sent on leave, something it later transpired wasn’t true.

A Labour spokesperson said:

“Jack McKenna, Head of Communications and Events to Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner, has decided to leave the Labour Party to pursue new opportunities outside of politics. Keir and Angela would like to thank Jack for his hard work and dedicated service to the Labour Party and wish him well for the future.”

The spokesperson also says McKenna leaves the party “a clean record and without any disciplinary action against him.”

McKenna himself says “I’m terrible at goodbyes but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who I have worked with over the last 7 years. It has certainly been a wild ride of ~sackings~ promotions, Labour North West receptions and letters to Lord Geidt. Oh and 5 Prime Ministers and the longest job title in the history of British politics.”

Au revoir…

*They accused him of leaking information about someone’s employment status, then leaked McKenna’s own suspension to the Sunday Times before telling him…

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Clean Bandit’s Ex-Violinist Joins Labour PAd List

There’s no place Labour advisers would Rather Be than Guido’s new PAd list. For all the hacks, wonks and politicos asking How Will I Know all the latest movements over in Labour land, look no further. It’s a fluid list that’ll be updated frequently, and co-conspirators have already been in touch with a couple of helpful updates missing from the initial spreadsheet:

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  • Andy Haldane with Lisa Nandy
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The PAd List

Guido’s long-running SpAd list has become so ubiquitous in SW1 that even No.10 tell hacks to use it, rather than publishing a list themselves. Now, Guido’s doing the same for Labour. Political Advisers (PAds) are the opposition’s taxpayer-funded equivalent. This list is what it says on the tin: an easy to use round-up of all the advisers and bag carriers on Labour Party payroll. Given polls suggest Labour are now closer to power than we’ve seen since 2010, Guido thought he might as well get ahead of the curve…

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Guido can reveal a few changes to the Corbynista backroom operation. We remember when David Lammy’s Director of Communications Jack McKenna was a moderate, but he is now heading to the Leader’s Office to join their spin team. McKenna was employee of the month recently when he dug out this killer Theresa May Question Time clip. David Prescott is becoming Jezza’s press and events manager. Angie Williams is leaving her job as a press officer in LOTO. Rumours are swirling today that Corbyn’s commie aide Andrew Murray has fallen out with Seumas Milne and Karie Murphy. Unite are denying that Murray is set to quit…

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Mosley’s Money Funding Watson’s Expanded Team


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