No.10 Unveils New Communications Team

(MENAFN- PRovoke) LONDON - After the Labour Party won last week's historic general election, new prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has named three Labour stalwarts as the leaders of his new communications team at No.10 Downing Street.

Matthew Doyle (pictured, left), who had been the Labour Party's executive director of communications since 2021, has been appointed director of comms at Downing Street. Doyle was also former Labour PM Tony Blair's Political director and spokesperson from 2007 to 2012.

Before that, he was a special advisor to Blair and worked in the Labour Party press office from 1998 to 2005, across two general elections. Doyle set up his own political consultancy in 2012 and spent two years as European director of communication for the International Rescue Committee.

Doyle's deputy director of communications at No.10 is another long-time Labour comms advisor, Stephanie Driver (pictured, centre). She had been Starmer's director of communications since 2021, when he was leader of the opposition, and before a stint in agency at Speed Communications, worked for the Labour Party for eight years, latterly as deputy head of press and broadcasting.

In addition, Sophie Nazemi (pictured, right), who has spent seven years working for the Labour Party and had been director of media communications since 2021, has been appointed as Downing Street press secretary.

Vidhya Alakeson, who was Starmer's director of external relations in opposition, becomes political director, with a brief to help shape messaging and conduct research.



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