HQ PURGE: Four positions open in Labour HQ’s policy team as officers quit

Labour is recruiting four policy officers as staff quit and Corbyn tightens his grip on operations at the party's headquarters.

Labour is recruiting four policy officers as staff quit and Corbyn tightens his grip on operations at the party’s headquarters.

The party has just advertised for three policy officer positions, including the key economy officer role, as well as the international role which covers Brexit and health.

Labour also advertised for an education policy officer in recent weeks, putting a significant hole in Labour’s policy team of just a dozen or so staff.

This comes at the same time as Labour HQ’s press team has taken on a number of staff with backgrounds outside the Labour Party, including former Green Party press officer Joe Ryle and Frances Legg from the Stop the War Coalition, with another due to join their team in the coming weeks.

Labour was advertising for an international policy officer only in August, suggesting that the traditionally moderate policy team is struggling to hold on to staff.

It will be taken as another sign that Jeremy Corbyn’s team are tightening their grip on Labour Party HQ, with the press team almost entirely changed in recent months and a reorganisation of the party’s campaigning teams set to create a new power bloc within HQ headed up by Corbyn loyalists.

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