Keir Starmer’s top team shakeup has advanced even further today with the announcement that Chief of Staff Morgan McSweeney will be appointed as the Labor Party’s new head of elections at party headquarters.
McSweeney, the 44-year-old political strategist who has worked for the Labor Party for 20 years and led Starmer’s leadership election campaign last year, will begin as the party’s director of elections starting in September.
He will be replaced as chief of staff in the leader’s office by Sam White, a 46-year-old former special adviser to the Treasury who worked for Alistair Darling during the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown administrations from 2004 to 2010.
Commenting on the changes, Starmer said: “I am pleased to be able to announce the latest changes to the team as we prepare for the next election.
“Morgan brings a wealth of election experience and strategic judgment to the election coordinator role and will ensure that we run a modern, efficient and winning campaign in the upcoming elections.
“I have worked with Sam before. I know he brings a wealth of experience both inside and outside of government to lead my office as we carry our message to the country at the conference and beyond. “
The move comes after Carolyn Harris resigned as Starmer’s parliamentary private secretary in May, while Jenny Chapman was moved last month from her role as policy director to shadow Brexit minister in the House of Lords.
Communications director Ben Nunn also recently resigned entirely, as did deputy director Paul Ovenden, who is expected to return part-time soon. Now it was provisionally replaced by Matthew Doyle.
Doyle, who was Blair’s special adviser as prime minister and worked for him after leaving office, is believed to be interested in assuming the position of director of communications on a permanent basis, but it is understood that a recruitment process will take place. full.
McSweeney will work with new national campaign coordinator Shabana Mahmood MP, who worked on the Labor Together 2019 election review as commissioner. McSweeney used to be the director of Labor Together.
As an advisor, White supported the Labor leader’s transition to office last year and ran his Covid strategy through August. McSweeney will remain in his current position until White begins in the leader’s office in September.
Starmer’s new chief of staff was Darling’s longest-serving adviser at the Treasury and helped navigate government policy during the global financial crisis. He also worked in the transportation and commerce departments.
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