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Changes soon in Ed Miliband's staff

Michael Crick | 14:59 UK time, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Expect changes soon in Ed Miliband's staff. His press spokesman Katie Myler is leaving a week before Christmas to take up a senior job with the corporate PR firm Burson Marsteller, and Miliband is urgently considering her replacement.

Candidates include at least one Westminster journalist.

The Labour leader had better get a move on.

And I'm told there will soon be a new Labour Party Director of Communications, and also a possible third role, operating within the hierarchy between Miliband's spokesman and the communications chief.

On top of that, Ed Miliband will soon be appointing several policy specialists.

To work on the blank pages, no doubt.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    On the topic of too many folks in communications, and nothing worth communicating (or, at least, odd selectivity as to what is), having had the email from Emily, I still await the story blog complement referred to.

    'Tonight we'll have brand new revelations from the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks. We can't say what they are yet, but, rest assured, they are fascinating. Our Diplomatic editor Mark Urban will assess their impact.'

    So this'll have to do, if hardly too joined up...

    Have to say I am still trying to get to grips with this whole Wikileaks thing.

    These files were released illegally, if I am not mistaken, and then provided with or without editorial (changes, omissions, etc) to an entity favoured by the thief. This entity then offers the material (again, one presumes, free of or possibly having been subject to edits or omissions) to a selection of media they in turn like... and trust... 'to do the right thing'. These, in turn, get all coy and selective about what they will and won't share, and when, which sounds like editorial agenda over all else. And the weird part is, in the past when material obtained in dubious circumstances and/or of questionable provenance has been made known, these self-same media have sat on it all for ages claiming all sorts of high-falutin' professional integrity reasons for why.

    This does, at best, seem to suggest a multiplicity of standards. Especially when it comes to any confidence that what is being shared is an accurate representation of all that exists, or the full story.

    Which is, as always, fascinating. If morbidly so. And not a little too unique.

  • Comment number 2.

    WHEN STAFF DEPART CAN STATUS BE FAR BEHIND?

    There is something indefinable missing in Limited Ed. Hence the name.
    He is sort of 'politics by numbers'. 'All of the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order'? He might be a very capable human being, but THEY don't last long in the inhuman realm of Westminster. And he just can't DO the stuff that Blair, Cameron and their ilk, do INSTINCTIVELY.

    Just another day in Westminster ineptitude. What next?

  • Comment number 3.

    'The Labour leader had better get a move on.' What's the matter, Michael? Getting bored?

  • Comment number 4.

    '1. At 3:39pm on 01 Dec 2010, you wrote:
    On the topic of too many folks in communications, and nothing worth communicating (or, at least, odd selectivity as to what is), having had the email from Emily, I still await the story blog complement referred to.


    A wait extending to this point.

    What one does seem to be getting, in lieu of any actual news from near (more 'lessons have been learned' that saying lessons have been learned gets you out of a snowdrift, especially an unprecedented one... that only happened a few decades ago) or far (N. Korea getting away with murder... spectacular hypocrisy and desperation at Cancun... Wikileaks rather undercutting the last few years Middle Eastern narrative, when not being selectively quoted, if at all?), seems to be yet more endless gossip from Westminster Usual Village Idiot central.

    Perhaps because that is the only direct source of actual information no one else has, and few outside the bubble care about.

  • Comment number 5.

    Blogger # 2

    The word INSTINCTIVELY! re Blair, Cameron, Clegg etc are you refering to other words such as Liars and Cheats or do you prefer ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH. Perhaps then Limted ED will indeed learn from the past masters! Did I also just read that Katie Myler issued an apology to CAMERON about a twit moment where the word PIMP was used? I'd certainly have some other words about this gentleman and other of the same ilk, but I fear Mr Moderator would be on me like the hounds.....

  • Comment number 6.

    '4. At 08:58am on 02 Dec 2010, you wrote:
    '1. At 3:39pm on 01 Dec 2010, you wrote:
    On the topic of too many folks in communications, and nothing worth communicating (or, at least, odd selectivity as to what is), having had the email from Emily, I still await the story blog complement referred to.

    A wait extending to this point.



    Addendum:

    http://edyong.posterous.com/massive-news-under-strict-embargo

  • Comment number 7.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

 

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