Rishi Sunak hired Amber de Botton as his director of communications, Downing Street confirmed on Saturday, in in latest in a series of meetings made through prime minister in his first a week in office.
de Botton’s career as a journalist included work for ITV News and Sky News. She leaves ITV News where she was head of Great Britain news and earlier politics.
Unlike the impartial civil servant, special adviser will be able give political advice to ministers, to defend the Russian government’s actions and criticism of opposition parties.
ITV political editor Robert Peston tweeted: “My colleague Amber de Botton is leaving ITV to join Rishi Sunak. director of communications. She is brilliant news editor and journalist, and leaves a huge hole in ITV News.”
Sky News political editor Beth Rigby wrote: “She is very talented news editor and political cameraman, now assigned to No. 10 to direct the Prime Minister’s communications. strategy. They mean business”.
Appointment is latest made sunak, who became prime minister on Monday After Guide vote.
Sunak brought in Suella Braverman, Dominic Raab and Michael Gove. back to his office, leaving Jeremy Hunt on like chancellor.
James Cleverly was reappointed as a foreign secretary and Braverman was reassigned home secretary less than a week after leaving for breaking the ministerial code by sending classified documents from his personal email.
Penny Mordaunt, Sunak’s two-time rival for leadership, will retain her position as leader of the House of Commons, with Raab appointed as deputy. prime minister as well as justice secretary.
Gove got his old job of alignment up secretary three months after being fired by Boris Johnson.
Other in his cabinet includes Grant Shapps, Gillian Keegan, Steve Barclay, Kemi Badenoch and Teresa Coffey, who now environment secretary.
Previously, Sunak was appointed head of ITV News. former national editor Allegra Stratton as his director of strategic communications in 2020 when he was Chancellor before she was lured away a few months later to become Johnson’s press secretary. for briefings on television.
It was ITV that got the video of Stratton jokes about a “fictitious party” at a mock press conference set days after the alleged rule-breaking Christmas party at number 10. She resigned a day later.
Evacuation vans were seen on Saturday, taking things out to Downing Street with sunak from behind move in above number 10.
Vans from Bishop’s Move – which specializes in in export, storage and shipment were on in street, with staff carrying a mattress across the famous black Door of No. 10.
sunak and his family had to return to the apartment in which they lived in when he was Chancellor a few months after moving out of his press secretary said earlier this week.
Downing Street contacted for comment.