The Labour Party has announced the appointment of the Sunday Telegraph's political editor Patrick Hennessy as its Deputy Director of Communications. Hennessy will work alongside director of communications Bob Roberts, the former political editor of the Daily Mirror.
In his new role, Hennessy will direct, shape and lead the daily media output of the Labour Party. The aim is to help sharpen Labour’s attack stories, improve message discipline and ensure the party delivers a 24-hour news cycle.
The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom, and one of the two main British political parties along with the Conservative Party. It has been described as a broad church, containing a diversity of ideological trends from strongly socialist, to more moderately social democratic. Founded in 1900, the Labour Party overtook the Liberal Party in general elections during the early 1920s and formed minority governments under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and 1929–1931. The party was in a wartime coalition from 1940 to 1945, after which it formed a majority government under Clement Attlee. Labour was also in government from 1964 to 1970 under Harold Wilson and from 1974 to 1979, first under Wilson and then James Callaghan.