Seumas Milne, the Guardian journalist, has been appointed executive director of strategy and communications for the Labour party.
Jeremy Corbyn has been struggling to ensure he receives an effective press since he became party leader, and Milne will be charged with ensuring there is an improvement ahead of the large round of local government elections in Scotland, Wales, London and England due in May next year.
Milne is a former comment editor at the Guardian, and labour editor, as well as columnist for many years. He has taken a close interest in Middle Eastern issues, as well as writing a book on the 1984 miners’ strike that examined the role of the intelligence agencies. He was for 10 years a member of the National Union of Journalists executive.
Labour’s statement announcing Milne’s appointment says he will be joining “on leave” from the Guardian, suggesting at a point in the future he will be free to return. He will take over on 26 October.
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